Rail Budget 2016: Free Wi-Fi services in 100 stations across country by end of this year

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Bangalore | Published: February 26, 2016 12:37:18 AM

The Railway Budget has also proposed the installation of over 1,700 automated ticket vending machines and provision for bar-coded tickets

There has been a fair sprinkling of  technology speak in this year’s Railway Budget like the  use of  drones and deployment of  geo-spatial satellite technology for reviewing physical progress of  major projects. The railways plans to set up free wi-fi services in as many as 100 stations in the country by the end of this year and add another 400 by next year.

It also plans to install 2,000 GPS across various railway stations.

“We will use the latest drone and geo-spatial based satellite technology for remotely reviewing the physical progress of  major projects,” railway minister Suresh Prabhu said during his Budget speech.

The railway Budget has also proposed the installation of over 1,700 automated ticket vending machines and provision for bar-coded tickets. It also plans to introduce FM radio stations on running trains. These measures are likely to have a direct benefit for the hardware and semiconductor companies.

In a statement, Nasscom said, “We are glad to note that the government is walking the talk on IT integration and deployment of e-services, to achieve the dream of Digital India. Aimed at showcasing a positive future for railways in India; the inclusion of GPS based digital displays in coaches, and the setting up Wi-Fi internet in 100 station this year, are initiatives that will not only streamline services in the railways, but also benefit customers across the board.”

On the move to set aside Rs 50 crore for providing innovation grants to employees, Nasscom said this proposal was a commendable approach towards scaling up the innovation and entrepreneurial landscape in the railway sector. The Railways also plan to extensively use SMS service to help in the cleanliness of the trains. It will also increase the online booking capacity of tickets to 7,200 per minute from the current level of 2,000.

India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) President M N Vidyashankar said,  “Indian Railways has taken a step further towards Smarter Transportation. We are clearly inching towards a technology-driven Rail dispensation.

The semiconductor companies will have a significant role to play  to enable the FM radio stations to work effectively in the running trains. We believe, that  IT and ESDM landscape will continue to contribute to the development of Indian Railways.”

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