In a country that spans over 32 lakh square kilometres and having a population of over a billion people, connectivity to even the remotest region is absolutely crucial. Air transport is not viable since a significant amount of infrastructure is required to build airports.
The Indian Railways are one of the most extensive networks in the world and employ over a million people. They are the backbone of the country. It virtually connects every place in India, and one can quickly reach from one end to the other with relative ease.
The railway system has been in operation for over 150 years. It has managed to reasonably keep up with the times, although there is always room for improvements. The transition from steam operated locomotives to diesel locomotives to electric trains has been slow but steady. Plans for incorporating Maglev in the future is on the charts. Going forward, the connectivity can only improve.
The primary focus of the railways, however, like any consumer-based service, is passenger comfort and ease. Gone are the age old days of slow-moving trains and uncomfortable cabins. Double-Decker carriages, with air conditioning, wireless connectivity, and comfortable seat cum beds are present throughout the country. Trains are much faster as well, with some trains travelling at over a 100kmph. A multitude of high-speed trains ferry passengers across the country, and travel times from one end of the country to the other has drastically reduced.
Live Railway Running Status
As technology has continually evolved, the railway system has done a relatively good job of keeping up with the times. With the Indian satellite systems being one of the most efficient and widespread networks, tracking trains is very convenient. A railway running status, as this real-time tracking is called, can be easily accessed through a computer or a mobile device. This service is the single most widely used Indian railway service, apart from train ticket booking. Geostationary satellites and software allow it to track the trains pace, relative speed, real-time arrival, delay status, and the last reported location in case of a signal loss. The two key indicators of the running status feature are the “last reported station” and the “estimated time of arrival.”
Last reported station: With a slight delay in relaying information from the tracking station to the user, the most efficient way to track a train’s location is by keeping tabs on the stations a train crosses in its path. This way a train’s arrival time and status can be easily calculated based on the arrival and departure from a particular station.
Estimated time of arrival (ETA): Using the data from the train’s arrival and departure times at each station, an algorithm efficiently maps out the train’s estimated arrival times at each station and one can then wait and arrive in the platform based on the timings.
As technology keeps evolving, there are limitless possibilities that can help the Indian Railway system become even more efficient. With the incorporation of technology and automation, it is sure to become better than ever. It is essential for any public sector company to keep up with the times, and the Indian Railways has managed to do so.