Today most of you must be aware of the fact of the functions of a GPS device. For those who have never come across this term, simply put a GPS device (Global Positioning System) lets you know the whereabouts of the vehicles in your fleet. The advantages of having this system in place are immense, it would give you live information on critical parameters such as location & speed.
GPS devices till this day have been widely used by fleet owners to keep track of their fleet, having said that, recently the government of India passed a circular which said: From 1st April 2018, public transport vehicles including taxis and buses are to be mandatorily equipped with GPS devices. The circular also said that a panic button needs to be integrated with the GPS that would act as an SOS button (emergency switch) and would raise an alarm to the nearest police station in case of an emergency a source said, “the state transportation departments are responsible for putting a system in place for tracking public transport vehicles. When any passenger presses the alert button, both the transport department and police control rooms will be alerted for taking quick action.”
— MORTHINDIA (@MORTHIndia) January 17, 2018
For a country such as India which is undergoing exponential growth with respect to the economy and technological advancements, this particular initiative by the government would not only pave the way for organisations to participate and share their technology but also would secure the public transport infrastructure across the country which would be a commendable effort taking into consideration the population of India (1.3 Billion).
This is a huge opportunity for start-ups such as us (IoT Research Labs) to work towards a common goal for the betterment of India. We would be obliged to take part in this initiative and provide the government with the apt technology that would not only change the lives of many but also provide visibility to the concerned departments to take the necessary action against the wrongdoers. We hope that Govt. is able to enforce this rule, and make public transport even safer and secured for all.