Staff Reporter

With new tracking system, owners too can keep a tab on the vehicles

THIRUVANANTHPURAM: Over 10,000 private buses operating under All Kerala Bus Operators Organisation will be equipped with GPS and GPRS-based vehicle tracking system. This will help the owners monitor movement of the buses and will provide details of bus schedule to the public.

With this, the bus owners will be able to monitor errant driving and overspeeding and ensure that routes are followed. They can also keep an eye on the fuel and passenger load. For the travelling public, details such as location, arrival, departure time of buses and time to destination would be made available. For this, they just need to send an SMS or browse a website dedicated for the purpose. Details such as the next halt of the bus, the distance and time that will take to reach the destination will be displayed in a LED display screen placed inside the bus.

The LED panels to be installed in the buses and bus stations would also be used to display advertisements, V. Narayanaswamy, Managing Director of Dhanus Technologies Limited, a Chennai-based company, said while announcing the launch of the real-time passenger-information system here on Monday.

Already, the company has tied up with the Kerala State Private Bus Operators’ Federation for introducing Fleetrac, an integrated tracking and communication service for vehicles. Director, Sales and Marketing, Nagarajan, said it would cost Rs.50,000 to Rs.75,000 to install the system in a bus. “The bus owners need not make any investment as the cost will be recovered through display of advertisements.”

The facility to know the seat availability and the number of passengers will be introduced in the second phase. It is for the first time that the system is being launched for the entire State. Initially, the system will be introduced in 50 buses running in Kochi on a pilot basis by May 15. The entire private bus fleet will be covered within a year, Mr. Raju said.