Send an SMS to Know Your Train’s Location

Posted on June 25, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , |

Being able to track the location of an oncoming train is every commuter’s dream, and a team comprising railways and IIT-Kanpur should be credited to have taken this dream to realization. Currently available for 36 pairs of premier trains, a newly-developed technology – real-time train running information system allowsa passenger to track the location of an oncoming train by just sending an SMS. All that one is required to do is type the train number and SMS it to 09415139139 or 09664139139, and
he will soon have the exact location of a train on real-time basis. The entire project has received a funding of Rs.121 crores from the Indian railways, and it is just a matter of time (read 18 months) before the facility gets extendedto other trains, too. At the moment, as aforementioned, those passengers planning to travel on Mumbai Rajdhani, Howrah Rajdhani, Dibrugarh Rajdhani, Sealdah Duronto and Shatabdi trains for Bhopal, Kanpurand Amritsar will be able to avail of this facility.

One of the officials was quoted as saying,”It will cost about Rs 50,000 to install a receiver on the locomotive for making thesystem operational. There will be a centre at New Delhi for receiving data from across the country. We are hopeful that by the end of 2013, all mail and express trains will have the system as the trial run for the pilot project is complete now.”

Reports further confirm that CRIS, which is the technology arm of Railways will soon sign an MoU with IIT-Kanpur to flag off the project. Interestingly, passengers will be able to track the precise location of trains not onlythrough their mobile phones, but also throughthe interactive mode on laptops, ‘thereby eliminating the need for atelephonic enquiry,’ reports add further.

Early in May, this year, there were reports of a proposal by the Indian Railways getting an approval from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). A crucial step, the approval ensured that this proposal that had been awaiting an ISRO-approval, since twoyears now, will see Internet surfing in trains,minus data cards a reality, soon. The Railways have achieved a major breakthrough in this respect, since it will be the very first time that an operational train will be equipped with satellite-based Internet. The Railways now have the approval to use the frequency from KU band for using the satellite forInternet. And, the first one to boast of this facility, albeit on a pilot basis first, will be three rakes of the Howrah Rajdhani, for which the Railways have sanctioned Rs.6.30 crores, and the project will begin soon helmed bya Mumbai-based company.


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Happy to see this new tech improvement, lets its really good to get the sms that where your train is now. If we get the location through SMS means that will be very useful, yet another good scheme from Railways.

Nice one suhas . Keep it up

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