RailYatri.in, a technology start-up focused on train travellers, has launched its GPS train tracking platform, ‘RailRadar GPS’, to track and display the real time movement of nation-wide trains on a Google map.
‘RailRadar GPS’ uses location generated by a passenger’s smartphone, the solution requires zero capital expenditure in terms of GPS hardware costs. ‘RailRadar GPS’ determines the train location by analysing the pattern of locations transmitted by the travelers’ smartphones sitting on the train.
“Train location is one of the most sought after information by train travellers and the smartphone technology now allows us to answer that with an accuracy and cost not possible a few years back. The crowd sourced model uses mathematical modelling to confirm the train and its location. The technology reduces human errors, while available 24×7 under all weather conditions, irrespective of fog or visibility issues. All it requires is 1 smartphone RailYatri traveler on each train,” said Manish Rathi, CEO and co-founder, RailYatri.in.
The platform displays colour coded trains across the country overlaid on Google Maps, with arrows pointing towards the direction of the train. Users can search for trains by number, name or just click on the relevant train on the map. The platform then provides information like the partial e-mail ID of the user providing the GPS info, the exact location of the train along with the latitude and longitude, and an on time or late status.
“With this release, the award-winning train travel app has taken the 1st concrete step towards the longstanding train tracking challenge using smart location technology implementation like never before,” according to a release.
This is the first ever deployment of a true crowd-sourced location tracking, claims the company.