AMEDABAD: The GSRTC in order to provide safety on express buses of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation is ready to get an upgrade this April. The state transport corporation has started installing GPS gadgets in state transportation express buses.
It is worth remembering that 41 passengers have died and another 25 are injured who was travelling in GSRTC buses after falling from a bridge into a river.Now The GPS Vehicle tracking system will send location-updates to the control rooms every 10 seconds. Officials from GSRTC said that the GPS software is not just for tracking live buses’ movements but also to report emergencies efficiently.
The GPS Tracker will enable bus drivers to hint authorities of exigencies with the press of a SOS. Each bus will have five SOS buttons for brake fail, fault in engine, accident, emergency contact and also raising a request for spare bus allocation.
“Gujarat will be first state in India where government state transport buses will be installed with GPS. Time of departure and arrival of a buses and platform number will be conveyed to passenger through audio announcement system and also shoes delay. Express buses in Ahmedabad department already have been started with GPS tracking system, and a control rooms has been set up. By April all express buses across the state will have GPS tracking facility,”
“When a SOS is pressed the nearest control room will get the message. The GPS will help officials in monitoring the bus and route it is taking or whether the bus has made an unauthorized stop. Divisional depot manager and other officials will be able to monitor all vehicles 24*7,” said a senior official.
All GSRTC divisions will have a LED board Integrated with the GPS. This will report arrival of buses at respective divisions. Central control room covering entire state and all divisions will be located at Naroda depot.
The Municipal Corporation has made decision to install Global Positioning System devices on garbage lifting vehicles to guarantee that the vehicles follow their actual panned route path roads.
GPS trackers will also be installed in all vehicle under Municipal Corporation track misuse. The vehicles like Truck, dumper, water lifting tankers, JCB and trolley are used by MC also be tracked by Automatic vehicle locator system, repairing work of street lights and on anti-encroachment drives.
As live monitoring and Tracking starts on 200 vehicle, senior officer will be able to real time watch on their every day each movement. Primarily, GPS system would be implemented on a trial basis on the dumper, JCB and trolley.
“Whenever our vehicles on the way to get any work done, they end up taking 3 days to finish a single day’s work. Just not for checking delay in work but also save fuel by working on time. Once tracking System comes into work, we will be able to track the all events and movements of vehicles,”- Municipal Commissioner
After all municipal staff has initiated door-to-door garbage collection from every incidental and official premises on rickshaws, and then transfered to waste lefiting municipal corporation vehicles who dump the waste . “However, some vehicles do not lift the garbage for final disposal and we had received same complaints for others. Though we are ready for answer to few employees who will raise objection to it as they will not be able to disobey rules and will be forced to follow instructions after GPS devices are installed”
As per MC official, with installation of GPS tracker each vehicle will be Rs 5,500 for tracker and then after. Monthly GPS charge of Rs 500. According to the proposal, the concerned department will keep watch on the every movements of vehicle from online web portal as well as via mobile application. Senior officers will also be able to track movements through their smart phones.
News From AMEDABAD, Gujarat:
Time to move away from the American GPS and make way for our own Made in India GPS navigation system — the Indian Navigation Satellite System on our mobile phones.
Isro will hold a major meeting in Bengaluru, Karnataka involving GPS Tracker and navigation device manufacturers, mobile phone and global information system technology developer aware them with the advantages of using the IRNSS technology over the current GPS Satellite technology. Isro will give a practical exhibition and explanation of how the seven IRNSS constellation satellites once functional by next year, will be incomparably more precise than the American Satellite GPS system. The meeting will also be attended by senior scientists from Space Application Centre Ahmedabad.
Unlike American Satellite, Isro is recommending a small additional tool in handheld devices that can receive S-Band signals from IRNSS satellites and presence of a code in the phone to receive L-Band signals. “Both these L band, S band signals received from 7 satellite constellation of the IRNSS are being calculated by a special embedded software which decreases the faults ratio caused by atmospheric disturbances appreciably. This in turn gives a exceptional High quality location accuracy than the American GPS,” says a senior Isro official.