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Indian Railways mulls GPS for local trains

Patna, India

Stung by frequent complaints made by passengers about the poor functioning of railways announcing system, the Railways has decided to improve it by installing GPS-based screens on each local train. The Railways has planned an enhanced version of such device for local trains.

According to a Railway Board official, the Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO) has started trial of the new device on the pattern of Delhi Metro trains. If it is successful, the railways would implement it on priority basis in local trains across the country, he said, adding the new system would facilitate local commuters most.

According to RDSO director SK Srivastava, Railways has been consulting several other agencies which are competent in designing and developing such a device. The trial conducted so far by RDSO has been fruitful in the sense that the GPS-based device fitted in local trains was able to locate stations either coming or passing, he said.

Source: The Times of India