Alphabet Inc. owned Google acquired a Bangalore-based startup called Sigmoid Labs Pvt Ltd., specifically to utilise their app called “Where Is My Train”. With this acquisition, Google will soon introduce a full-fledged app with all train-related details like tracking trains, seat availability checking, etc.
Sigmoid Labs Pvt Ltd was founded two years ago in 2016, by former TiVo Corporation executives named Ahmed Nizam Mohaideen, Arun Kumar Nagarajan, Balasubramoniam Rajendran, Sashikumar Venkataraman, and Meenakshi Sundaram. And the most popular app they developed is the “Where Is My Train” app which provides live tracking for running trains, seat availability checking, ticket fare checking, and many other facilities – almost similar to what other apps like RailYatri and TrainMan provides.
What makes “Where Is My Train” unique is its ability to work offline and even without GPS. The app is packed with offline features like accurate train tracking, offline train schedules, coach layout, platform numbers. It also provides checking seat availability and PNR status but for this, one needs to have an internet connection. All these features makes the app and to be very popular across the country and is one of the highest rated travel app in India. Currently, this app claims more than 10 million app downloads on Play Store and the few thousands on the App Store.
Recently, Sigmoid Labs updated their website that their team is joining Google, and they can think of no better place to achieve their mission as joining hands with Google will help bring in their technology closer to more people. On Monday, a Google spokesperson on this acquisition said, “We are excited that they’re (Sigmoid Labs) joining Google, and will be part of a team that will continue to build on the current offering and more. We have no other specifics to share beyond their announcement” and neither the terms of the deal, nor any acquisition amount has been disclosed yet.