ANGELS, or the Active Network Group of Emergency Life Savers, has reached an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) to streamline the technology used to link ambulances through a single networking system.

As many as 180 ambulances come under ANGELS, and their providers have been finding the present networking technology unaffordable. Hence, the IIT's support has been sought.

P.P. Venugopal, Executive Director of ANGELS, said the tie-up with the IIT would help the service providers fit GPS and other devices at costs below Rs.10,000 in their ambulances. Two representatives from the premier institute, who came to attend the ANGELS anniversary celebration here on Saturday, promised its partnership.

Dr. Venugopal said that after the installation of the devices, the public would be able to reach the nearest ambulance service provider by dialling the toll-free number 102, which would be active round the clock.

ANGELS would prepare a detailed project report to submit to the Union and the State governments for setting up a modern, exclusive trauma-care centre here.