In a move to improve safety of women passengers on board for the Indian Railways, the center for Railway Information System , an Indian Railways owned organisation. is planning to introduce an SOS application for smartphones . Using this app , passengers are expected to press button during emergency situation which will send a distress signal to alert railway authorities. CRIS has been developing the application in house and will soon start trails all over India.
The application is a part of ongoing efforts to improve passenger safety and emergency responses. Once pressed, the SOS application will alert the relevant zonal railway control room , depending on the region the train is moving through. The location of the passenger will be accessed by the control room through the global positioning system of the user’s smart phone.The passenger will also be able to enter the details.
The Zonal control room will then alert the loco pilot , assistant loco pilot, motorman, guard , railway personnel present in the train. The nearest railway protection force and government railway police personnel will also be alerted. Further , the control room will get in touch with the passenger through the application to offer verbal assistance.
The introduction of an SOS application for passengers is a part of an integrated project to increase safety on Indian Railways. The organisation is also working on fitting SOS devices in the motorman coaches of the train, which will help in case od derailments and accidents.