Railway Reforms

Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) Project


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : RTIS

Mains level : Not Much


The article discusses the partnership between Indian Railways and ISRO for real-time train tracking.

Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) Project

  • Indian Railways has signed a MoU with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to use satellite-based technology for real-time train tracking.
  • The technology will be used to provide real-time information on the exact location and movement of trains across the country.

How does it work?

  • The system will use ISRO’s satellite-based GPS technology, called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), to track the location of trains.
  • The system will also use other advanced technologies, such as satellite imagery and geo-fencing, to provide real-time information on train movements.

Applications of RTIS

  • RTIS gives mid-section updates with a periodicity of 30 seconds.
  • The Train Control can now track the location and speed of RTIS-enabled locomotives/train more closely, without any manual intervention.
  • It allows passengers to get the real-time location or train running status of a train on their smartphone.

Benefits offered

  • The system will help to improve the efficiency and safety of train operations in India.
  • It will provide accurate and real-time information on train movements, which will help to reduce delays and improve scheduling.
  • The system will also help to enhance the overall passenger experience by providing real-time information on train status and location.

Future plans

  • Indian Railways plans to use the technology for other applications, such as monitoring the health of trains and their components.
  • The partnership with ISRO is part of Indian Railways’ larger digital transformation initiative, which aims to leverage technology to improve the efficiency and safety of train operations.


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