Tuesday, June 26, 2012

IIT-Kanpur and Indian Railways Launch Real-Time Train Tracking On SMS

 IIT Kanpur and the Indian Railways have developed a real-time train information service, where a person can know the exact location of a train by sending an sms to a number.  According to railway ministry officials, the user has to type the train number and sms it to 09415139139 or 09664139139 to get the information.User has to just type train number and send to mentioned number.for eg. for train number 12302 user have just type 12302 in message and send to 09415139139 or 09664139139
Most intresting part of this service is that user need not to remember all those typical CODE for SMS and they have to just pay normal SMS charge which they pay normally for 10 digit numbers,They need not pay premium SMS charge.
As of now  this service is available for 36 pairs of trains  like Duronto, Rajdhani and Shatabdi. In next 18 months, rest of  trains are expected to be covered by the service. The Railways have earmarked Rs121 crore for the project, and plans to install a Rs 50,000 signal receiver on each train that will transmit its location.
The Railways have obtained clearance from India Space Research operation(ISRO) to operate the pilot system through satellite, and have asked permission for using satellite for other trains as well. CRIS, the technology arm of Railways, will sign an MoU with IIT-Kanpur shortly to execute the project.
According to Railways  that the trial run for the pilot project is complete and by the end of 2013, hopefully all mail and express trains will be covered by next 18 month.
Track Trains elsewhere
Apart from tracking train location on mobile via SMS, Indian Railways also launched a train tracking system on the web — Trainenquiry.com in partnership with RailYatri.in. Apart from that, in March 2010, Indian Railways had announced a similar project called Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN), which aimed at providing real-time train tracking through GPS and mobile (GSM) technologies. This project was built in collaboration by Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow and IIT Kanpur. The project was made available to public on trial basis in October 2011 on select trains. Users could track train location either via their web portal http://www.simran.in or SMS.