Tvm: As part of the total computerisation project, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has embarked on an ambitious plan to implement IT enabled systems including Global Positioning System (GPS) based Fleet Tracking System on its vehicles and Passenger Information System at depot premises across Kerala. KSRTC, the largest public sector undertaking in Kerala, has a fleet strength of 5,684 buses and transports about 37 lakh people every day.
Talking to Kerala IT News, Alexander K Luke IAS, CMD, KSRTC said, “We are planning to implement GPS based IT systems to improve the working and enhance the productivity of KSRTC. In the last four months, KSRTC has been able to reduce its monthly losses from Rs.40 crore to Rs.30 crore. Daily analysis and costing, daily feedback and the support of employees helped us in this turnaround. Profit is the index of all efficiencies of the company and an indicator that revival has percolated down to everyone. We hope to turn KSRTC into a profitable venture.”
KSRTC is planning three major initiatives under its new IT implementation plans – GPS based tracking of buses, real-time information on ticket sales and Passenger Information System. The GPS based tracking will aid other real time applications like fleet monitoring and operations management, information on vehicle fuel management and passenger information services at bus stops and bus stand / stations. Passengers will also be able to access SMS based information about the running of buses on a real time basis. KSRTC had recently introduced m-Governance project which enables passengers to get bus time table through SMS.
KSRTC plans to implement the system an a ‘revenue earning model’, where in the cost of equipments, installation, implementation and maintenance will be undertaken by the vendor, who in turn will be allowed to collect and publish commercial advertisements inside the bus and at depot premises.
Fleet tracking systems use GPS technology to identify, locate and maintain contact reports with fleet vehicles in real-time. Some of the benefits of GPS vehicle tracking technology are reduced service response times, reduced fleet related operating costs, and increased service related productivity and extended life of service vehicles.
Kerala IT News