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July 10, 2008 10:23 AM

Windows Vista app to power Indian rail system project

Posted by Brier Dudley

A new application built on Microsoft's operating system is going to power a train notification system across India, automating a tracking system for 9,000 trains ridden by 17 million passengers a year, according to a report in the Times of India.

Passengers will be able to get real-time information about arrivals and departures on their phones, a huge improvement over the unintelligible and unreliable announcements in train stations, according to the story. The opening:

"Painful delays in reaching your destination, waiting for hours on end at the railway stations in the country for trains to arrive, with the announcement system blaring old information repeatedly, may soon become a thing of the past."

I wonder if someone's going to write a version for the iPhone app store.

(Would India really run a system like that on desktop PCs? I wonder if it was perhaps built on Microsoft's platform, by developers using Vista desktops, but will run on one of the company's more industrial-strength products ... )

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