The Indian Railways is collaborating with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) under the Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) project.


About the RTIS Project

  • RTIS devices that use satellite imagery are being installed on the trains to automatically acquire its “movement timing at the stations, including that of arrival and departure or run-through”.
  • These timings get automatically plotted on the control chart of those trains in the Control Office Application (COA) system.
  • The project is executed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).
  • RTIS is developed in collaboration with ISRO. ISRO has launched GSAT satellites that have GAGAN payloads for tracking the movement of trains.
  • 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.