Indian Railways to soon be Equipped with Wi-Fi Facility
Railway stations in India will soon be equipped with Wi-Fi facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore ($110 million), as reported in January 2018.
Around 8,500 railway stations across India, including those in rural and remote areas will be equipped with Wi-Fi, as part of the government’s Digital India initiative. Currently 216 major stations are commissioned with Wi-Fi services, enabling around seven million rail passengers to log on to the free Internet facility.
“Internet access has now become an important requirement in day-to-day working and we shall be providing this facility at all railway stations in the country,” a senior Railway Ministry official said. As per the plan finalized at a recent meeting, while 1,200 stations have been identified for this facility to primarily cater to rail passengers, about 7,300 stations have been earmarked to not only serve passengers but also local people in rural and remote areas.
This initiative will promote e-governance offering services such as digital banking, Aadhaar generation, issuing government certificates, including birth and death certificates, and filing taxes, and paying bills, among others.
The kiosks will also enable the local populace to order and receive goods from e-commerce portals. “These kiosks will be operated at stations with private participation for the local population,” said the official, adding, “The modalities of setting up such digital hot spots are being worked out with the Telecom Ministry.” As per the timeline, while 600 stations are targeted to be provided with the Wi-FI facility by March 2018, the Railways aim to cover all 8,500 stations by March 2019.
This initiate would in turn, promote the Internet of Things devices, including smartphones and other devices that are connected to the internet. Internet of Things security is used to protect and secure the network connecting IoT devices to back-end systems on the internet, as per Internet of Things security market report published by Coherent Market Insights.
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