Now SIMRAN to make Indian Railways tech-savvy

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Mumbai, Sept 28: Are you the sort who travels frequently on the Indian Railways and every change in the functioning of the government body impacts you heavily, then here's good news for all of you. Commuters can now enjoy updated information on train positions and schedule in a jiffy, thanks to a new satellite-based technology.

The new technology will enable commuters to track the exact location of the trains when they are waiting in stations. The project is initially expected to kick off for Rajdhani Express trains.

The project has been titled Baby Simran and is officially called Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN). An ambitious project devised by the Railway Ministry has been in formulation for the last 4 years. An official has been quoted as saying, "The Research Designs and Standards Organisation and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have been working on the project, which will be launched soon. Four trains would initially be installed with Global Positioning System equipment."

He added, "It"s a Rs 100 crore project. The project works on the principles of GPS navigation and radio frequency. The process also involves digital mapping of stations. Once this is done, a passenger will come to know the exact position of a train by sending an SMS. The GPS device will help tracking down the exact location of the train and also monitor the train"s speed."

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