With the achievement of being fourth-largest rail network of the world, Indian Railways has proven itself as the most active part of our nation. With the advent of digitization, the Railways had launched many online services like checking of PNR status, live train running status, ordering food online in train and so on. The technical trends have escalated to such a height that it has removed the long crowded queues were lined up for buying unreserved tickets. Indian Railways has launched two different applications for the ticket booking which are UTS App for unreserved tickets and IRCTC app/website to book your long route journey tickets. Once you book your ticket you can book food online in advance via PNR number. Recently, Indian railway has touched a next milestone by knowing the passengers about their exact location on smartphone.
There was a time when passengers were depended on crowded inquiry counters and announcements. Indian Railways has extended its features by announcing a launch of GPS system for tracking of delayed trains. Now, you don’t need to wait for hours at the station premises for your delayed train. Indian Railways will launch an application which can help you to check the exact location of your late running train.
The information technology arm of the Ministry of Railways, CRIS has collaborated with ISRO to implement real-time train information system project in train. Indian Railways has installed GPS device with the help of GAGAN, geo-augmented navigation system, on every locomotive. With the help of new navigation system, Railways as well as passengers can easily track the real time of trains through mobile phones and railways tracking devices. “Once, Railways change over to smarter signalling, focus on removing permanent speed restrictions, getting 150,000 bridges audited and improved, there is immense potential in Railways. Indian Railways has also planned to make 6,000 Railway stations to be all Wi-Fi enabled,” it added.
The satellite GAGAN will help to point out the exact location of the trains and topography. It also helps Railways to secure unmanned level crossings with remote sensing facility. Last year, the Railways trailed it in New Delhi – Guwahati and New Delhi – Mumbai Rajdhani trains and six electric locomotives and observed 99.3 per cent real – time arrival departure report of trains. Then Railways installed the real – time GPS device in more than 2600 locomotive train and already sanctioned an additional fund to install RTIS (Real Time Train Information System) system in more than 6000 locomotives.
Indian Railways has aimed to provide accurate train running status to its passengers and improve the efficiency of control rooms with the help of this new technology. Now, Railways will focus on new technologies like Artificial Intelligence to provide better services to the passengers.