UST Global tests out GPS tracking & panic buttons in their cabs


Trivandrum: In a bid to ensure the safety and security of its employees travelling in the company’s cabs, UST Global, the Technopark based IT services company, has announced the installation of GPS tracking mechanism and a ‘Panic button’ in them, at the Thiruvananthapuram centre.

But for the company which has about 5,000 employees at its Trivandrum centre, there are just eight cabs which give pick-and-drop facility to its employees. Out of these, seven have been fitted with the GPS and Panic Button. So how many employees would actually benefit from this move is anybody’s guess.

According to a press release, in the case of an emergency situation, employees can press the Panic button which would trigger an automated SMS to the Real Estate and Facility Management (REFM) team and alert them. The Panic Buttons are placed on the top of the rear seats.

These apart, in case of over speeding (above 80km/hr) by cab drivers, an automated message will be triggered to the REFM team, who is behind this new development. The new feature will also help UST Global to detect any abrupt breaking of the vehicle and potential dangerous driving by the drivers. But the press release fails to mention how these alert SMS will be monitored or what action will be taken by the REFM team based on these alert SMSs.

Hema Menon, Centre Head, UST Global said, “At UST Global, we are always looking at ways to ensure the safety and security of our employees. Installing GPS tracking systems and panic buttons in company cabs is the recent addition towards this effort. UST Global employees have widely appreciated and welcomed this system. In addition to making them feel secure, we are also ensuring adherence to the traffic laws by our cab drivers.”

UST Global is mulling over implementing the same facility in other centres too, based on the travelling employee’s response. It may be recalled that several of the company’s lady employees have fallen victims to sexual harassment and molestation in the past, given their odd working hours.

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