Naren: Who is there?
Again knock knock
Naren: Go away if you are not a VC
Initially I thought the idea suited the Indian market and to some extent European market, or places where people haven't given up on trains (yet). Recently I figured it works well for US too. Necessity is the mother of all ideas (not necessarily good ones). Agreed this idea won't bring the roof down, but innovative and simple enough to get me a B+ ;)
Recently I traveled from
I thought it would be nice if some how, some one woke me up. Who would that Good Samaritan be? What if Amtrak provided the service? What is in for them?
- Buy good amount of customer loyalty.
- Alright, you guessed it - location based Ads. Here is a sample ad "Hello Mr. Bond, Welcome to
the world's most polluted city infested with rats and Junk food joints. We have a jungle but it is a concrete one. That’s my 2 cents about New York . Hey, you must be tired and hungry. Why don’t you checkout our Boca Burgers just across the street? Buy one and pay for it " New York
If Amtrak are reluctant to implement it, we can at least ask them to give plug-in or web service interface. We can get local sponsors to pay for service and users could get it for free.
So here is the idea:
- My friend is coming to
for the first time. So I have to pick him once the train reaches Penn station. New York
- I will register by SMS or online that I need a reminder either by SMS, email or Phone call when the train is 15 minutes away from Penn Station.
- My friend also registers for a wake up call.
I even checked Indian railways website. They seem to have the infrastructure to support my requirement. They already have an IVR (Interactive Voice Response the technology that powers all the annoying customer care centers) and SMS gateway for sending SMS responses to reservation queries. Also you could call up a toll free number I guess and find real time status on a train's location.
I will discuss the architecture and implementation in coming weeks. Let me know if anybody wants to work with me on this or fund this idea?