Indian Railways seems to be getting more mobile friendly for travelers. After the announcement of Wi-Fi facilities on select trains to improve traveler s experience, it now plans to provide some other personalized services like wake-up calls and train status alert text messages. Also Read - IRCTC now let's you book Indian Railways ticket, but pay later: Here's how
The Indian Railways’ Centre of Railway Information Systems (CRIS) in collaboration with RailYatri.in, a subsidiary of Stelling Tech, are working on a smartphone app to provide real-time information on the position of trains and predictions on their expected time of arrival in different stations, ToI reports.
“We’re looking at providing services like wake-up calls and informing passengers if there are any changes in the schedule of the train they are booked in like delays or cancellations through SMS or phone calls. It can even be to alert someone on the position of a train so they can receive their family at the station on time,” Manish Rathi, CEO and co-founder of RailYatri.in explained.
RailYatri and CRIS joint venture website Rail Radar has been providing real-time details on routes as well on location of trains. It even gives information on the on expected time of arrival for as many as 6,500 trains. According to the report, the company is also planning to launch an Android app in the coming months to let a large number of users access to their current services, and is working on its apps for another platforms including iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
Sometime back Delhi Metro Railways Corporation had also released a tender looking for developers to create an app on its services for travelers. This included app support for online use as well.