The Indian Railways has said that it is planning to collaborate with ISRO to get online satellite images for improving safety and enhancing efficiency of Railways, media reported.
Commenting on the development, a Senior Railway Ministry Official told the media, "We will undertake a massive exercise of GIS mapping of the entire rail route and assets including buildings, land, workshops and other facilities in the network using geospatial technology."
"Geospatial services will be available from satellite-assisted navigational support through the GPS aided geo-augmented navigation (GAGAN) system of ISRO. We will sign a MoU with ISRO shortly to avail the online satellite images to create a GIS platform," he added.
Geospatial technology involves GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).
The MoU will allow getting images and communications through the satellite system. While the images will help in mapping the area, communications will enable the introduction of wi-fi service in trains in a larger way.