Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has enhanced the train enquiry system by developing a mobile app and a desktop application for Windows 8 platform. It has now become easier to track information on expected arrival and departure timings of a particular train and other information for the benefit of rail passengers.
The National Train Enquiry System (NTES) is the backend system which provides information to public about train running on near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (www.trainenquiry.com), mobile interfaces, Touch Screens, Face to Face enquiry and Display Boards at stations.
One of the best features of the new app is’ 'spot your train' which provides information such as its current position, expected time of arrival and departure at a particular station. Other features are ‘train schedule’, ‘train between stations’, ‘live station’, ‘information on cancelled, rescheduled & diverted trains’. ‘Live Station’ query provides list of trains expected to arrive at/depart from any station in next 2 or 4 hours.
A new and improved interface of NTES website along with Mobile version was launched in September 2013 earlier which received wide appreciation by the travelling public and has been quite useful in meeting the requirements of passengers.
The NTES app is available as a free download for windows 8 phones and it is planned to launch it on android platform shortly.