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New Delhi, Nov 13 (ANI): The space technology will now warn road users through hooters of an approaching train on unmanned level crossing. The tech is adopted with the help of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which will install ISRO-developed integrated circuit (IC) chips on 10,000 locomotives of trains. This will also help in tracking train movement on a real-time basis. About 500 metres before the level crossings, the hooter will be activated through a signal from the IC chip to warn road users as well as the train drivers near the crossing. The hooter will become louder as the level crossing nears, and will fall silent after the train has passed. Two-level crossing gates in Sonepur division on the Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani route will be equipped with the ISRO system. The Delhi-Mumbai route will follow shortly. Trials would be conducted on these two busy rail corridors and all level crossings will be equipped with the ISRO system in phases. Besides alerting road users, the satellite-based system will also be used for tracking trains to disseminate information about their movement. At present, train movement-related information is maintained manually, leaving scope for inaccuracies.

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