Train riders in parts of India are going to get a serious upgrade to their
train system. A new GPS tracking-based passenger information system, known as the
Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN) system, will soon be giving them
real time information on the location of trains. The GPS tracking systems will be installed in the Mumbai and Howrah Rajdhanis lines. The type of information available will include the exact location, the speed and the estimated arrival time of trains, based on this information.

The system will begin with four select trains as a pilot program, though
private testing has taken place. If the system turns out to be a success it
could be installed in over 8,000 trains that connect to 8,177 stations. The
system could, in time, replace a human-managed system that relies on phone calls.

Read more about GPS tracking and public transportation in India.


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