JR, East Japan Railway Company, is going to start their service Mamorail on October 1, 2017. The name Mamorail comes from Japanese word mamoru, means protect, and rail.
Mamorail will let children’s parents know some information like exact time that their children pass through automatic ticket gate of train stations, or amount of charged money left in electronic money card Suica or Pasumo. Those information will be sent by emails or push notifications from an application JR prepares.
In Japan, trains are the most common transportation way and electronic money cards are used by almost all people. So it is good way to know that the child is heading to home or other places he/she need to go on time. And also Japanese trains are run almost on time so parents can easily know when their children reach at the closest station from their home.
There has been some services which trace or observe children but sometimes they didn’t work correctly. Usually they were required exact triggers to send notifications to their parents. Some services use wifi spots, it means when children‘s smartphones connect to the wifi spots unconsciously an automatically. Those services find the connections and could send notifications. But sometimes smartphones fail to connect those wifi spots and notifications were not sent.
In case of Mamorail by JR, children could not avoid going through automatic ticket gate without payment by electronic money card. It mean, the service could know the trigger risen by the children definitely without exceptions.
Parents who has elementary school students, junior high school students or high school students could use this service and it costs 5 dollars per month. And as of October 1, customers could use this service at stations listed below.
Stations on Yamanote line – Tokyo, Kanda, Akihabara, Okachimachi, Ueno, Uguisudani, Nippori, Nishinippori, Tabata, Komagome, Sugamo, Ootsuka, Ikebukuro, Mejiro, Takadanobaba, Shinookubo, Shinjuku, Yoyogi, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ebisu, Meguro, Gotanda, Oosaki, Sinagawa, Tamachi, Hamamatsucho, Shinbashi, Yurakucho
Stations on Chuo line – Tokyo, Kanda, Ochanomizu, suidobashi, iidabashi, ichigaya, yotsuya, shinanomachi, sendagaya, yoyogi, shinjuku, ookubo, higashinakano, nakano, kouenji, asagaya, ogikubo, nishiogikubo, kichijoji, mitaka, musashisakai, higashikoganei, musashikoganei, kokubunji, nishikokubunji, kunitachi, tachikawa, hino, toyoda, hajioji, nishihachioji, takao