Bhubaneswar-Puri Transport Services (BPTSL) will soon start monitoring city buses movement through a GPS enabled vehicle tracking system. The move has been planned to facilitate real time buses data to BPTSL and its passengers.
All the GPS devices will send exact location inputs via a chip sensor fitted onto the buses. These GPS enabled devices will not only help BPTSL know whether the buses are moving along the planned routes, but will also enable the transport body to gauge the speed at which the buses are moving. It will also be possible for the BPTSL to check if the buses stop at unplanned locations.
It is believed that the transport service provider is also planning to develop an app connected to the received data. The app, once developed, will help the passengers with real time information on the bus waiting period. It is a strong possibility that the bus timings and all schedule changes will also be communicated to passengers using the same app.
The app, if developed, will be very similar to the ones used by modern ‘call a taxi’ services. It will show how far a particular bus is and would also inform about the ‘near exact’ waiting time.
This app will also allow the bus driver to inform BPTSL about any emergency situations. The driver will simply have to push a button for conveying the same to the authorities. It will become faster and easier to contact and notify nearest police stations, fire brigade stations and other important authorities via the app.
Sources at BPTSL claim the bus tracking service to be extended to more buses after the initial test phase. It is also rumored that a tender, inviting a private party, to install such devices has already been sent. Bhubaneswar, Odisha, is counted among the modern cities in India.