As part of initiative to provide better service to the commuters, the State Road transport Corporation plans to introduce vehicle tracking and passenger information system in JNNURM and long distance buses.
The system would receive information from the bus through GPRS and based on the software installed in the Central server the Estimated Time Arrival (ETA) of bus would be displayed on the boards to be installed at the bus stops. This will enable the passengers to know the arrival time of their bus and use the waiting time effectively. The ETA would be made available to commuters through Internet, SMSes and RTC’s call centre.
Explaining how the system works, RV Jayanth, chief engineer, IT, APSRTC, said that a GPS and GPRS Sim card will be installed in the buses which will send the information to data centres of the corporation.
‘’GPS system will track latitude and longitude of a bus location and GPRS Sim cards will send that information to data centres. There, using an algorithm which takes into consideration traffic, time of the day and day of the week, it will send Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) of a bus to display boards at bus stops,” Jayanth said.
Right now the system is being tested on pilot basis in Koti to Madhapur bus routes. Speaking about the progress of the project, Jayanth said that ‘’It is at testing stage. Metro Express and Metro Deluxe buses plying in the routes are sending information to data centres and found the information to be accurate. We are going to install 12 display boards in bus stops of the mentioned routes,” he said.
He added that they can know how accurately information is being displayed on boards by mid-February after which the first phase of the project will be implemented in 3,500 buses including 1,500 JNNURM and 2,000 long distance buses.
The locations where the system will be implemented include buses in Vizag, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Hyderabad and buses traveling between Hyderabad and Karimnagar, Chennai and Vijayawada and Hyderabad and Bengaluru highways.