The over 20,000 private buses in the State will in a year be equipped with a tracking system, aimed at helping owners monitor the movement of their buses. Passengers too would benefit, since they would be able to know details such as when a particular bus or buses in a specific route would conduct service, where the bus has reached at a given time and the time it would take to reach the destination. For this, they need to just send an SMS to a number or browse a site that would be dedicated for the purpose, claimed the promoters.
A LED display screen placed in the bus would display in English and Malayalam details such as the next stop, the distance and time that would take to reach their destination and so on.
The screen could also be used to display advertisements, said A. Sudhindra, executive chairman of Dhanus Technologies Limited, a Chennai-based company, while addressing mediapersons here on Sunday announced the launch of the real-time passenger-information system.
The company has tied up with the Kerala State Private Bus Operators’ Federation for the novel venture. Fleetrac, an integrated tracking and communication service for vehicles, would be put to use for the purpose.
“Bus owners will also be able to identify speeding, route diversion and schedule cancellation. It will help the operators to check wastage and to optimise their fleet operations,” he said.
Shobha Applied DSP Private Limited and Kochi-based Kiran Technologies are the other partners in the venture.
Mr. Sudhindra said that it would cost Rs.30,000 to Rs.50,000 to install the system in a bus. “Neither bus owners nor passengers need to pay extra for the facility. We plan to begin the project this year. The service provider concerned will fix the rate for sending SMS,” he said
Lawrence Babu, general secretary of the Kerala State Private Bus Operators’ Federation, said that the system will revolutionalise the public transport sector in the State, by making good use of satellite technology.