Dhanus set to offer vehicle tracking system in Kerala

Written by Economy Bureau | Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 29 | Updated: Apr 30 2008, 06:50am hrs
From next month, any of the 30,000-odd private buses that ply in Kerala can be tracked through internet or mobile phone. Chennai-based Dhanus Technologies Ltd, an alternative telecommunications service provider, which signed an MoU with Kerala State Private Bus Operators Federation last week, has finalised a deal with another motor business outfit All Kerala Bus Operators Organisation.

A commuter will now be able to know where ones bus has reached and how long it will take to reach his stop and all through a simple cellphone SMS.

Business in Kerala has been the first to grab the potential and implement a technology like FleeTrac. This will give more mileage to Kerala tourism too, V Narayanaswamy, managing director, Dhanush, said. Bus-owners in Andhra too are in talks with Dhanush.

The bus operators have agreed to fit a gadget in their vehicles, with a GSM modem attached with a remote, a management station and a web-based solution. FleeTrac is basically an integrated vehicle tracking system.

This will display passenger information on multiple media, including SMS, using a centralised network operating centre. Web users will also be able to study Google maps to track the movement of buses. The information, exhibited on displays within the buses and at bus stands, will be available in Malayalam, English and Hindi.

For the bus-operator, the main benefit would be when a vehicle breakdown or accident strikes.This would help in diverting the routes.

Dhanush has operations in California and Florida and has a rating of SE 1A from Dun and Bradstreet, indicating high level of technical competence and financial strength, the company officials claimed.