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Mangalore: GPS-enabled ‘Bus Voice’ Introduced on Inter–district Bus Service


Mangalore: GPS-enabled ‘Bus Voice’ Introduced on Inter–district Bus Service

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (MM/RD)
Pics: Ganesh S Perla
 
Mangalore, Nov 21:
Harish, driver of Jayaraj bus plying between Mangalore and Bhatkal was extra careful today than the earlier days. ‘Bus Voice,’ Global Positioning System (GPS)-enabled new system to monitor and track the bus has been introduced in this bus for the first time-ever in India.

When the bus left Mangalore bus terminus at 10.15 am on Wednesday, November 21, the driver and conductor were curious about this device. When the bus reached Bunts Hostel, the technician asked the driver to switch-off and restart the device. It is interesting now, that when the bus reached Lalbhag, the ‘Bus Voice’ started speaking…

Totally it is a new experience for all. When the bus reached a specific stop, the ‘Bus Voice’ was announcing the stages to the passengers.

Moreover, it did not forget to tell the passengers to collect their tickets and the balance money. The ‘Bus Voice’ was also ensuring the safety of the passengers.  The bus owner and Regional Transport Officer (RTO) were monitoring the movement of the bus, the number of passengers, the stages it has covered en-route the destination, in the comfort of their respective offices.  They can promptly direct the driver from over speeding, besides any traffic hindrance en-route can be conveyed to the respective owners and RTO, by the driver.

When Rajesh Kunder, CEO of i-Factor technologies, who developed this indigenous device, realized the successful working of their recent innovation ‘Bus Voice,’ he was one of the happiest persons.

Speaking to ‘daijiworld.com’ Rajesh Kunder said that several test runs were made before the introduction of this ‘Bus Voice.’ This is the initial step taken by Canara Bus Owners’ Association and i-Factor technologies. Further developments will be made with ‘Bus Voice’, in the coming days to ensure more safety and comfort of passengers, he added.

‘Jayaraj’ is the first bus to implement such an advanced technology. This technology will be implemented in 100 buses with an expenditure of Rs 40 lac. It will be introduced in 500 more buses within a year, stated K Rajavarma Ballal, president, Canara Bus Owners’ Association. 

The ill-state of National Highway (NH) 17 was a bane for the bus operators and the commuters alike, till now.  However, with the introduction of ‘Bus Voice’ it would become boon for the bus operators and passengers who would be ensured of safety and comfort. Hence, if this project proves successful in reducing accidents by monitoring speed, it will be a total benefit for all.

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  • CLITUS, Doha Qatar

    Sun, Nov 25 2007

    This is very very helpful...All the buses should be introduced this device soon as most of the drivers are driving dangerously and very fast and before board the bus conductor says RIGHT-POYEE instead if seeing whether passenger is board the bus or not....

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  • Arjun, Mangalore / Bangalore

    Fri, Nov 23 2007

    Kudos! to Mr. Kunder and team!! brilliant idea and thanks for the implementation in Mangalore for the 1st time in India, its a Prestige issue for Mangalore i should say. I hope this new technology will help Mangaloreans a lot!! *Cheers*

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  • Rohan, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 23 2007

    This is good news. But transport dept. should act towards speeding. what is the use if bus is having GPS and it run at the speed which cause havoc. Instread RTO should install radar to catch speeding vehical and issue heavy fine and repeated fault cancelation of D/L and bus permit.

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  • Santhosh Pinto, Mani

    Fri, Nov 23 2007

    hatt's off to Mr.Kunder for his innovative product!!! can someone make revolution for roadways and drainage system in mangalore!!! politicians should take initiative in this rather fighting themselves for power.. thanks to Daiji for wonderful article!! keep it up

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 22 2007

    Good !!! Now on what roards are these Busses running?? Iron Ore Dust filled Fields ( National Highway) converted ??? Can we stop the Politics and start Infrastructure development and clean up ?? Can we get the Politicians involved in the Iron Ore exports to Book for Corruption, Bribery and destruction to mother nature and Innocent lives of our poor Karnataka fellowmen and women ???

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  • Sudhir, Udupi/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 22 2007

    This is an achievement. I think this will definitely benefit us all. The guys at i-Factor, I Congratulate and bless you all and, keep up the good work. I also Congratulate the Bus association and owners for having taken the step forward to go for such innovative product and implement and demonstrate to the public that it works!!!and can benefit us all.

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  • Hari Babu N, Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 22 2007

    Hi, First of all congratulations for a great work done by you people. I am Hari, working in MNC copmany, Bangalore. I would like to share my thoughts on this. One and half year back i too got the same idea to implement this kind of device in the Buses. I have tried for it and didn't succeed due to lack of resources. You are saying you need to spend 40,000/- per bus, but i have different idea (with out G.P.S) with not more than 5,000/- per bus with same features. If you are satisfied with my words please contact me and we will discuss regarding the same. I will be very happy if u do call me to my mobile 9980913136. And i have got some more ideas like Automatic CAR Parking System, Digital Petrol Indiacator, Graphical Root Map, etc..

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  • Shankar Bhat, Puttur

    Thu, Nov 22 2007

    A GREAT IDEA. All buses should have this GPS system. Let the Govt make it a Mandatory for all Buses and Lorrys. This might stop overspeeding, due which 99% accidents occur and many human lives are lost.

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  • Oliver, Mangalore / Dubai

    Thu, Nov 22 2007

    i dont understand why only the bus and lorry drivers are commented on their driving are the general public with cars and bike following the rules and more over how many of us make sure that the roads are safe by our driving!!! i would even blame the authorities and the government for not taking the matter of roads seriously imagine you were in the place of so called drivers inspite of bad roads they have to follow the time and reach the right spot at right time and see the bus is also not damaged the traffic is more on the roads and have the roads been widend no! if the govenment wants it to widen the public like us will not leave a inch for the roads widen programme we have lot of establishments just on the edge of the road so i feel we have to see deep into the subject and go to the roots of the matter and not only blame a perticular person

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  • leena pinto, nejar/ ireland

    Thu, Nov 22 2007

    nice invention indeed. there are many factors involved causing accidents. RTO and govt. together can sortout this problem ensuring that publics safety first.let us hope everything will workout well as long as humanbeings are concerned.

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  • Pavitra, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 21 2007

    Lets hope that all the people suffering from severe back pain, arthritis, rheumatism and spondylitis have a speedy recovery? Ask me why? Hope fully the buses should pull down on speed. All the souls who have passed off due to the negligence of these so called drivers( I would rather call them ' yama') rest in peace. Noble souls in heaven i would rather pray to you all that u send some "buddi" to the drivers and conductors not to tamper these so called machines and refrain from some sort of foul play.

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