Now you can use your mobile phone to track your train. This is the latest move of Indian Railways for passengers.
The technology has been developed by Indian Railways in collaboration with IIT Kanpur. The API (Application Programming Interface) uses The Real-Time Train Running Information System through which a user can access data about the exact current location of a train.
Know Exact Train Location : How?
In order to know the current location of a train, you have to just SMS the train number to 09415139139 or 09664139139. That’s it. You’ll receive instantly an SMS with the required information.
Current Limitations and Constraints
A senior official at Indian Railways said about the current situation that :
The service is currently available for 36 pairs of premier trains, including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. Not all premier trains are covered yet. Some of the trains covered under the project included Mumbai Rajdhani, Howrah Rajdhani, Dibrugarh Rajdhani, Sealdah Duronto and Shatabdi trains for Bhopal, Kanpur and Amritsar.
The facility would be extended to all major trains in the next 18 months and the railways has allocated Rs 121 crore for the project. It will cost about 50,000 to install a receiver on the locomotive for making the system 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.
We have sought fresh permission from the ISRO to use the satellite for other trains. Besides satellite, GPS is also being used for the system.
A MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) is to be signed between CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems) and IIT Kanpur to launch the project.
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