According to a new Gazette Notification No. S.O. 5453 (E) & G.S.R. 1081(E) by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) dated 25th October and 2nd November 2018, all public service vehicles and National Permit vehicles need to be equipped with tracking devices adhering to AIS 140 standard from 1st January 2019, which is one of the necessary parameters to obtain a National Permit. As per the notification, all the details have to be ultimately linked with VAHAN portal of the government.
As per data available on government websites, Karnataka has 64 RTOs across the states and more than 3 lacs vehicles registered with National Permit Vehicles apart from vehicles registered for public services vehicles including taxis, buses and others. Indian Auto Company is offering this device through its channel partners spread across the state.
“Our AIS-140 compliant Vehicle Tracking Devices are also IP-67 rated (water and dust proof) which enable vehicles to be tracked on our device agnostic platform both on web and mobile devices ensuring safety and compliance. Citizens can be assured of safe transport with the availability of the panic button in case of emergencies, which can ensure timely response from concerned authorities.” said the Spokesperson, IAC.
“In addition, these devices are duly uploaded on the Government Portal VAHAN and also integrated with BSNL which is offering the backend system connectivity across the state. At the time of installation, the competent authority can check on the VAHAN portal details of the vehicles being registered along with the Vehicle Location Tracking (VLT) device.” Added the spokesperson.
“We have also developed a MIS system for our dealers/channel partners to track their inventory and ease the operations for inventory management, user management, creation of installation certificate” the spokesperson further added.
The device also enables to monitor driver behavior such as over speeding, harsh acceleration, braking, cornering, night driving and other important parameters. This in turn ensures correct driving practice thereby reducing wear and tear of the vehicle, improving fuel efficiency while also helping in overall safety of the driver, the passengers and other road users.
Globally, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) aims at improving transportation systems in terms of efficiency, quality, comfort and safety and in India, MoRTH has constituted a permanent Automotive Industry Standards Committee (AISC) in 1997 which publishes various Automotive Standards such as the current AIS 140 guidelines which details ITS components required for public transport vehicle operation.
There are additional ports for panic buttons and various other sensors which can be added as per requirements of the user. The same can also be used for safe transportation of children in school buses while commuting to and from school.
This device is also very useful for fleet owners as it offers various benefits to such as, minimizing turnaround time, ensuring route adherence and optimization, checking malpractices such as unauthorized use of vehicle and misuse of fuel. It also increases fleet safety, tracks the vehicle real time in case of theft and improves overall productivity and eventually profitability by ensuring safe driving practices.
In addition to this product, IAC offers other Tracking Solutions for 4-wheelers, two-wheelers, electric vehicles, Assets and personal tracking. IAC also offers state of the art, DVR (in dash camera), Advanced Driver Assistance System, Driver State Monitoring Systems (DSM) products which are enabling road safety and designed to increase the safety of not only vehicle, but also its occupants and other road users.