The Minister of State for Railways, Suresh Angadi has recently said that the Indian Railways will be well served by the deployment of 2600 MSS Terminals designed and developed by wireless communication and semiconductor solutions company Saankhya Labs in partnership with ISRO and Bharat Electronics Ltd.
Angadi said this while visiting the office Saankhya Labs, accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Railways.
Angadi was referring to the Real-time Train Information System (RTIS) project that is being executed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) in collaboration with ISRO.
As part of the Phase I implementation of RTIS, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) commissioned the RTIS network deploying over 2600 MSS terminals on locomotives of Indian Railways. Saankhya Labs is the Satcom Technology partner for BEL in the RTIS project.
The RTIS is primarily used for acquisition of train movement data, including that of arrival, departure and run-through timings at the stations enroute. The trains hauled by RTIS enabled locomotives gets tracked and plotted automatically in the Control Office Application (COA) at Central Control office.
Saankhya Labs supplied the Satcom modems and hub-side equipment for RTIS project. The end-to-end solution was indigenously designed, developed and manufactured in India, all powered by Saankhya’s award-winning patented Software Defined Radio (SDR) chipsets.
Highlighting the development, the Minister of State for Railways, Suresh Angadi said, “I am delighted to see cutting-edge indigenous technology being deployed in the service of the nation. This is a very important initiative by the Indian Railways in partnership with ISRO, BEL, and Saankhya Labs. The benefits of this will be far-reaching and help the railways improve upon its operational efficiency include timings and safety. The system generates huge volumes of data in real time that will further help streamline operations of the Indian Railways.”
Parag Naik, Co-founder and CEO of Saankhya Labs said “Saankhya Labs would also like to thank Indian Railways, CRIS, ISRO and BEL for providing us an excellent opportunity to deploy our Satcom solution. Over 8 billion passengers commute on Indian railways annually and RTIS is bound to have a profound impact on the efficient running of the network. We are glad to be part of it. Saankhya Labs looks forward to bringing unique technology and solutions enabling ongoing transformation of Indian Railways, all powered by indigenous technology”.