M-Indicator

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m-Indicator
Original author(s) Sachin Teke
Developer(s) Mobond
Initial release May 2010; 8 years ago (2010-05)[1]
Stable release
v13.1.87 / 10 January 2017; 18 months ago (2017-01-10)[2]
Operating system iOS 9.0 or later;[3]
Android 2.3 or later[4]
Type Travel
Website m-indicator.mobond.com

m-Indicator is a transportation related mobile application that primarily provides information about public transportation in the cities of Mumbai and Pune[citation needed]. It contains details about 232 trains making 3,000 daily trips through 108 stations on the city's suburban train network, it has 84000 timetable entries. The application has been downloaded by over 1 crore users. It was created by Sachin Teke an IT engineer in 2010 who is founder and CEO of Mobond Software Consultancy that owns the application.[5][6] The application hosts a chat on which Mumbai's 75 lakh commuters share real time information about rescheduling or cancellation of train services.[7]

History[edit]

A news story written in January, 2012 describes the application as "a little known company's mobile app". The application could then be installed on any Java phone. It informs that the application developers preferred anonymity, describing themselves as "mobond.com is an organisation of enthusiastic software developers having aim of providing free software products." Mobond being expanded as "bonding the mob".[8] The creator informs that in the name m-Indicator "m" stands for mobile and Mumbai, and "Indicator" for what it means.[9]

The creator[edit]

The creator of this application, Sachin Teke is an IT engineer and an alumnus of VJTI of the 2006 batch, he has a MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. He began his career working for a software firm developing mobile applications. Living in Nerul, his work had him commute to SEEPZ Andheri daily, using a train between Nerul and Kurla, then a bus and after that an auto-rickshaw. He faced uncertainty as regards to train schedules, more so in the evening on his way back home. According to Teke, the need for a reliable schedule information system was fundamental, considering the number of commuters who travel by train, however it was not available. Teke therefore decided to create one himself, for which he quit his job in 2010.[9][10]

Features[edit]

The application provides the following features;

  1. Schedules for suburban trains, buses, metro rail, mono rail and ferries.[5]
  2. Information about picnic spots in the vicinity of Mumbai, hotels, hospitals and movie and drama theatres.[5]
  3. Posts related to jobs and rentals.[5]
  4. Separate chat rooms for central, western and harbour line commuters.[7]
  5. Real time information on upcoming suburban trains and jurisdiction areas of various police stations and availability of free Wi-Fi at a particular station, and in case of an incident, the location and police station under whose jurisdiction it lies, the names, addresses and phone numbers to be reached in emergencies, directions and information on how cyber crimes are to be reported,[11]
  6. Playing of audio-visual messages from railway police.[12]
  7. Platform number at which a particular train will halt and position of door from which to exit.[13]
  8. Information on cancelled trains.[13]
  9. Information on whether a train is slow or fast.[13]
  10. Facilitation of sharing auto-rickshaw or taxi rides.[14]
  11. A security system for women commuters.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://m-indicator.mobond.com/desktop/index.html#about
  2. ^ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobond.mindicator&hl=en
  3. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/m-indicator/id593278253?mt=8
  4. ^ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobond.mindicator&hl=en
  5. ^ a b c d Kavilanz, Parija (2016-03-21). "His m-Indicator app is used by 10 million Indian commuters". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  6. ^ "M-indicator plans to raise Rs 60 crore from Helion Ventures, Sequoia Capital". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Life on the local: Commuters on CR chatroom app for answers to queries on trains, lost items". The Indian Express. 2016-11-30. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  8. ^ "m-Indicator- the favourite mobile app of daily commuters from Mumbai". www.moneylife.in. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  9. ^ a b "Mumbai's lifeline provider". mid-day. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  10. ^ "Sachin Teke: Easing travel and time - Mumbai Mirror -". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  11. ^ "Mumbai police debuts on m-indicator app". Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  12. ^ FPJ, Bureau,. "Mumbai: GRP, RPF form human chains to emphasise railway safety". www.freepressjournal.in. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  13. ^ a b c "Travel made easier with new features of M-Indicator". The Indian Express. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  14. ^ "Now, share a taxi, auto ride using an app". 2016-04-16. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  15. ^ "Railway security app a hit among women; 27,321 messages in 7 days". The Indian Express. 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2016-12-10.