In a bid to eliminate the complaints made by the commuters on the faulty working of announcement systems and GPS-based screens, the research and design wing of the Indian Railways has planned an enhanced version of such devices for local trains.
According to the proposal prepared by the Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), local trains will have devices similar to those present in Delhi Metro trains. These include an improved GPS-based passenger information system that gives information on stations expected to come next.
“We are consulting companies involved in designing and developing these devices,” said SK Srivastava, director, RDSO.
The GPS systems being used currently are faulty wherein names of stations are announced after the train departs from the platform. “These devices will improve the delay on the display boards and announcement systems,” said a railway official.
There is also a proposal to install LED-based screens inside the trains similar to those in BEST buses. “These LED screens will display advertisements,” said a CR official. This will be on an experiment basis and CR expects to earn around Rs 6 crore through advertisements.