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In its endevour to implement facilities for the welfare of passengers, the Indian Railways is taking many passenger friendly moves. In one such move, the Railways has introduced the first phase of the Real Train Information System (RTIS) to public for accurate train tracking thus heralding a new era of application of advanced communication and information technologies in various Railway related activities.
This new tracking system is based on Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN) and has been developed jointly by the Ministry of Railways’ Research arm namely Research, Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow and noted engineering institute, IIT, Kanpur.
The trains covered for this first phase are running in New Delhi-Howrah, New Delhi-Sealdah, New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Lucknow sectors.
This facility will provide accurate train running information on a click of button or through SMS and will overcome limitations of the existing train information dissemination through 139 which is mainly dependent on manual collection and feeding.
RTIS system deployed in the trains mentioned above will provide the following information to public/passengers:
(a) Train locations.
(b) Train running position (i.e. whether train is running on time or if running late and by how much.
(c) Train location with respect to next stopping station in terms of kms.
This information will be available on website “http://www.simran.in”.
Further, it is decided that the Public may also get the train running information through SMS by sending a text message “ <train number>” to mobile number 09415139139.
The Railway Ministry has also decided to implement RTIS to track all trains, passenger as well as freight trains in a phased manner. For this purpose, a detailed workplan has been approved in Railway Budget 2011-12 and the project is likely to be completed by December 2012.