Chennai (India) based company; e-Logistics has joined with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), IIT Kanpur and Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow to develop Satellite Imaging Software for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN).
SIMRAN project will enable tracking trains on the Internet. The cost of the project is INR 24 million, which will involve global positioning system-based rail network mapping and train tracking and wireless connectivity. e-Logistics would be in the front end, TCS would provide the back end support. IIT-Kanpur has fully mapped the Indian Railways. Indian Railways has signed an agreement with e-Logistics in Lucknow. SIMRAN involves a simple implementation of the geo-positioning system, GSM and radio frequency-based instrumentation. Once the train passes through a station, the information is sent to GSM/GPRS network and later to the Internet through SIMRAN Web server. The system would monitor every train in a certain geographical boundary for its location, speed and the direction of movement.