Indoor Navigation Solutions for Indian Railways

June 14, 2019

Transportation Hubs

indoor navigation solutions for indian railways
indoor navigation solutions for indian railways

We’re excited to announce that Mapsted has partnered with Indian company, ShubhPrayan Private Limited and Indian Railways, to deploy our innovative, hardware-free indoor navigation solutions for indian railways. Mapsted will provide this technology in over 7000 train stations across India.

Integrating our indoor navigation solutions, for Indian Railways with the company’s native app as an SDK, creates a seamless passenger experience for over 8 billion yearly rail customers, with accurate indoor navigation and personalized notifications at each point of their travel journeys.

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ShubhPrayan will provide indoor navigation in all major railway stations in India with the Prayan Smart phone application. This app helps passengers navigate from their present location in the station to their coach, as well as to station amenities.” said ShubhPrayan Co-founder Umesh Tallam, “Mapsted’s stand-alone patented indoor navigation technology, means we don’t have to install any additional hardware in each station. This helps in lowering maintenance costs, and allows us to scale our product faster. We are looking forward to partnering with Mapsted.”

Passengers will be able to effortlessly navigate to their platform, easily find kiosks, booking counters, and retiring rooms, and optimize their routes by choosing how they navigate through the area, having the ability to choose routes that include elevator or escalator options rather than just stairs, streamlining the experience for passengers with luggage.

With the integration of Mapsted’s hyperlocal intelligent marketing platform, passengers can receive timely, relevant alerts about train arrivals, delays, and Passenger Name Record (PNR) status changes, as well as tourist information about stations along the route, and safety announcements. The ability to send targeted notifications and messages, rather than general broadcasts, creates a highly personalized experience for passengers and makes their trip more enjoyable.

Using our advanced analytics technology, Indian Railways will have the ability to optimize traffic through their stations, prevent bottlenecks, and direct passengers to areas of interest. The app will be available for download on both Android and iOS platforms.

“We look forward to a successful partnership with Shubhprayan Private Limited and Indian Railways as we work together to revolutionize the way passengers navigate their travel experiences throughout India.” –Mapsted Founder & CEO Paramvir Nagpal

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How did Mapsted modernize Indian Railways with indoor positioning?

Ans. ShubhPrayan makes use of Mapsted’s indoor navigation service. Passengers on Indian Railways are already using it. It assists travelers in finding kiosks, book counters, escalators, and elevators without them having to ask. Mapsted’s no-hardware model USP became a success factor in deploying at a low cost.

Q2. How accurate is an indoor positioning system?

Ans. The accuracy of an indoor positioning system can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of the venue where it is used. With algorithm optimization, the accuracy can range between 1-2 m.

Q3. What data is collected by the indoor positing system?

Ans. Every action you perform on your smartphone generates data. Whether it is a change in orientation, elevation, or simply moving near metal objects (magnetic field). This enables IPS to algorithmically perform spatal resolution. As a result, accurate indoor positioning of targets is achieved.

Q4. How does Wifi help in indoor positioning?

Ans. Wi-Fi can detect a target asset, object, or people in a variety of ways. Time Difference of Arrival (TDoA), Angle of Arrival (AoA), and Time of Arrival (ToA) are three common methods for triangulating targets.

Q5. How to implement indoor navigation?

Ans. Indoor navigation is easy to implement with Mapsted. Here are the steps needed:

  • Share your indoor map
  • Use logos and other visual cues to highlight points of interest
  • Evaluate the map’s usability
  • Gather location data and insights into how users interact with on-premises infrastructure
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