RTIS aims to provide train running information to the public through internet, SMS on mobile phones, call centres and through train indication boards at stations. It will also give information to onboard passengers through the provision of display system inside the coaches.
"Efforts are on to replace the manual recording system with RTIS by connecting 8,000 trains and 8,177 stations across the country," said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Once the system becomes operational, passengers will be available to get all essential informations like name of the incoming train, speed, time duration etc on a real time basis. The current system, where station masters call up the control room at the divisional headquarters every time a train passes their station, is inadequate to provide exact informations about running trains.
A senior Railways official said that the results of the trials carried out in certain Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains were impressive and with launch of this system, passengers can track the train through internet.