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01Oct2014

Kerala Motor Vehicle Department to install GPS tracking systems in 16,000 private buses!

To improve the efficiency and offer more commuter-friendly services, Kerala Motor Vehicle Department has decided to introduce GPS to track movement of private buses from different destinations before March 2015. The department has already taken initiatives to implement the basic facilities needed for the smooth functioning of GPS enabled transporting in the state.

The use of GPS facility would aid an effective linkage between the control station and drivers for exchange of relevant information such as emergencies, seat-vacancy, punctuality etc. It helps to track buses and their location at any time. Passengers can also avail details regarding the bus service, including timing, arrival pattern, departure etc.

The Motor Vehicle Department has made it certain that it is mandatory for all private buses to install GPS tracking devices in line with the software used by the motor vehicle department. The facility will be implemented in all school buses, auto rickshaws, tanker trucks etc. by next year.

The transport commissioner R.Sreelekha told reporters that thoughts are in the pipeline to equip buses with safety cameras in order to deter criminal activity and inappropriate behavior, thereby providing passengers, especially women and drivers with an added sense of security. Once implemented, the video surveillance system can supply valuable evidence during criminal investigations.

To observe the movement of GPS installed vehicles in the state, a master control room will be setup in Trivandrum. There will be 17 control rooms which will function along with the RT offices to successfully execute the 6.42 crore project partnered by the Kerala motor vehicle department and C-DAC, Trivandrum.

GPS tracking technology is quite popular and is used in a variety of fields including RFID student bus tracking, golf balls, and lots more.

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