Staying connected while travelling on train may soon be a reality. The Passenger Amenities Committee of Indian railways is mulling over various solutions for infotainment on board, amongst which is a touch-screen based computer unit that would allow you to access social networking sites, shopping sites etc. It is not yet clear whether this would be a pure browser based access to WWW or a customized solution for specific apps.
The service could be available in flagship trains like Shatabdi Express with shorter daytime journey, having mostly business-class passengers. The computer units could be placed behind the seats much like what we have in aircraft, which could also double up as a movie screen. –source
The touch screen would also allow you to order your meals and access on-train freight capacity auction site in real time. Research Design and Standards Organisation is working on this and a few more things so expect a lot more from Indian Railways in coming days.
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