september 14, 2015 07:13pm
Multifactor GPS based Booking Verification for New Era of Taxi Service Providers
With the advent of Android phones, last I heard, there were 1.5 million applications on play store. With thousand more adding every day. This has also paved a way to bring SIM on board.
With a mobile handset that is enabled with GPS, GSM, and GPRS, any application on the handset is capable of transmitting information in real time.
This article is based on real life implementation for a taxi service aggregator company and its challenges.
Background: The aggregator service provider utlizes the power of handheld android devices for communication with in-vehicle driver. This hand-held device always remains with the driver, when he/she is in the vehicle or out of it. Any customer booking is relayed to this driver on the hand-held device. Referring to security and operations concerns as has been raised by many, the current scenario throws few serious questions -
1. Is the driver who is accepting the booking, is the same person who has registered with you for taking the bookings based on App-Service
2. Is this vehicle the same that was inspected and found road worthy for the taxi services
3. Is this vehicle traceable if the hand-held device runs out of battery or is turned off
4. Does it effect your business, if the driver is found to be associated with other players, in any ways
5. Are you able to find out driving behavior of the vehicle that has been associated with you
6. Will customer be able to raise an alarm from inside the vehicle for any emergency situation
7. Is line of sight always available to hand-held device, will your calculation of distance traveled be accrate enough
8. What is the protection of this app from being rigged and intermittently send incorrect GPS coordinates
There can be many more questions that can be added to the list. And, there is no business that does not have to answer a few tough questions. Technology is evolved, but one solution still does not answer all the requirements.
Presented with these questions, Dynakode team worked on a solution, that is scalable and one that can be extended to provide more value added services.
The two entities Driver and the Vehicle are the major stakeholders for the above mentioned set of queries. The idea here is to encertain the proximity of both while not interfering with the operations and with minimal or no intrusion into clients database.
For the solution, a GPS tracking device with SOS button integrated, was installed in the vehicle at the time of registration of taxi with aggregator. This device is capable of raising an alert on any pre-defined configurations. Once powered on, and interfaced, the device reports back the location coordinates, ignition status, satellite visibility, network signal strength and current movement status of the vehicle. All of these in just Real Time.
Once the driver who is being assigned a booking, it is confirmed through, the data that is recieved from the handset and GPS tracking device for the proximity of driver hand-held device and in-vehicle GPS tracking unit. On confirmation the booking is assigned to the driver and location of both recorded. Thus, ensuring the same vehicle and same hand-held device. Both driver and customer are informed about each other, and instructed to verify before boarding. Somewhere the customer too plays a role in securing themselves.
The GPS tracking unit installed in a concealed manner is loaded with the task of reporting the location of vehicle in almost real time to a centralized server. Any tampering with the unit is immediately reported to the control room for action. All the movement data is recorded that can be very well utilized to increase the operational efficiency and note the driving behaviors / patterns.
With SIM-On-Board, other policies and compilances on maintenance of vehicle can also be imposed and monitored. Added to this geofences created around the city limits also tells you when this vehicle leaves the city limits. Many more features can be enabled and integrated toward the value added services.
Government has clearly understood the need for in-vehicle GPS tracking unit for safety and security of consumers of the services. Dynakode just made it simpler and enhanced the solution with more functions and capabilities just in case you need to do that little more to increase your business and operation efficiency.
Posted By: aashish
september 30, 2014 04:17pm
Tips on choosing the right GPS Service Provider in India
Making the right choice when it comes to the VTS and Fleet management systems can be tricky. Systems can be complicated and can contain bugs which would mean wrong information. For an example, lots of graphics could lead to screen freezing etc. The information available in the market can be misleading, the demo versions can be complicated, the reports confusing.
As a VTS and GPS Technology specialist, I’ve often found that the best tools for any customer are tools that are simple, effective, comprehensive and not complicated. Below are three questions which if answered properly will ensure that your GPS service provider will be able to get you the maximum advantage for your business.
One of the common tendencies observed in potential buyers is to avoid detailed questioning about and around your business. Quite a few of them become paranoid when their potential service provider asks them a lot of questions while demonstrating their VTS system.
But then that is one of the ways to ensure that your needs are matched correctly with his services and solutions. Some of the sample questions could be like:
• What is your business all about?
• What kind of consignments are transported in your business?
• Why do you want them to be tracked(what’s your end objective)?
• What else is it that you want monitored apart from just the location?
• Is temperature, fuel costs, detours, vehicle safety, consignment stealth, vehicle maintenance, wear and tear or driver behavior etc. also a cause of concern for you?
It is important to understand that a good service provider will always need answers to questions including but not limited to above. The simple reason is that the better he understands the concerns, the more or less features can be added to your reports, the better is the possibility of customizing the intelligence per your need.
While I’m sure you’ve read a lot of advice about how your rental charges (if you opt for a rental model) should include endless support, endless facilities all included in the price that approach might not always be the best approach. It is imperative therefore to maintain a clear and transparent rental communication.
This is your time to ask questions! Ask as many as you want! Some of the questions you might want to ask could be:
• What is the committed SLA?
• How long is the warranty period?
• What is the regular maintenance cycle?
• Is the maintenance support proactive or on request?
• What kind of reports do they provide?
• Do they provide mobile tracking?
• Any other questions related to your specific needs.
As a professional I always recommend honest stating of needs. The worse that could happen with me is that my quotation might be higher than my competitor, and one of the clients might not hire me. However, when I finally work with a client, there is an assurance that my scope of work will be well defined and that I will be able to keep my client happy with the quality and excellence of the defined scope of work.
Strong Customer Support and Easy Account Closure
A common problem that is faced with Vehicle Tracking Companies in India is that while their costs are low, the after sales support and account closure can be very tricky. Most do not offer proactive maintenance. And account closure could lead to penalties or closure charges, especially in the rental model.
Before you finalize which GPS Service provider do you want to purchase / rent services, devices and solutions from, the best solution will be to discuss with them in detail and listen to what their vision to business and strategy is. That will help you make a better choice for sure!
Posted By: aashish
june 07, 2014 10:56am
Case: Use of RFID for Schools Buses
Use of RFID for Schools Buses
Very recently during one of my meeting with a Director of esteemed school in Delhi / NCR, I was provided with a interesting case.
A concerned father after leaving her daughter at the bus stop, would silently follow the bus to the school, and make sure that his daughter actually boarded the bus, and enters the school. While in the late afternoon, would again do the similar monitoring.
This appears to be an extreme case, but it is on the rise. Parents are concerned, if their child is actually going to the school, and not bunking the school to go out with the friends. Beside, imagine a scenario - Child left from home, but did not board the school bus, does parents know about this, does school knows about this. What would parents do if they actually come to know. How would school ensure that parents are in know how of the where about of their child.
Agreed, some schools have adopted Attendance management system, that sends back to parents an SMS stating their child presence or absence from school. And that is done when Child has actually entered the school. For most of parents like us, the school responsibility starts from the point the child has boarded the school provided transportation.
Technology at help again. Dynakode has developed an integrated solution, that combines the power of GPS and RFID together. A RFID reader is installed in each bus, which is connected to the GPS system, reporting its location at regular interval.
The RFID reader is installed near the School bus gate, as soon as child boards the bus, the RFID reader detects the RFID Tag enabled ID card of the child and reports back to the school with the location data. School now has record of which child boarded the bus at what location and at what time.
This information can be relayed back to the parents over a mobile app, SMS, or any other means. Similarly in the afternoon, while leaving the bus, the child ID card is read and updated on the central monitoring server. Hence, we now have the information on location and time when the child boarded off the bus. A very useful information tool appreciated mostly by the concerned parents.
Reach us at +91 8800598880/81/82 for information on implementation and tailor made solutions.
Also known as -
School Bus GPS & RFID Solution
School Bus Attendance System
Posted By: aashish
may 14, 2014 08:31pm
End of Fake Travel Expense Claims - Solution
Many organizations today face a challenging situation where the employee claims to have traveled more distance at more locations with a fat travel expense reimbursement claim. At times owing to lack of fool proof mechanism to check the claim, the reimbursements are cleared. The employees adapting these un-ethical practice make it a tool to earn some extra money every time. These people get more brazen in their claims with no checks in place.
Even our MLA's travel 1200KM on average every day on Roads, if one has to believe that.
Yes, everyone know its a problem, and everyone else also knows putting elaborate TA claim forms and random checks helps little. Its like Traffic Police announcing a drive, and we assume its for increasing collection and then back to same situation.
In today's business world, there are only few opportunities to genuinely reduce everyday operations cost without causing any major disruptions. This is one of those genuine opportunity.
Solution, one that works, is as follows -
1. Get the vehicle of your employees fitted with GPS. Make sure you install a good quality GPS unit (Read:) , to prevent any tampering, mishandling, or manipulations.
- You get exact location reports being covered by your employee
- You get distance traveled for which the claim is submitted
- You get the information on exact times of arrival and departure from a location
- You get to know where your employee spends their time and how much
The best part is that you create a positive perception from day one, that all the activity are being recorded digitally and authorities in the company now has a way to verify and validate the claims.
Using Dynakode GPS tracking system, our clients have been able to reduce the fake travel expense claims to almost nill. Also, the system has been able to enforce the punctuality and discipline among the employees.
Posted By: aashish
march 30, 2013 11:09am
DIMTS Empaneled GPS Tracker G-71 for PSV in Delhi NCR
In an effort to make Public Transport more secure, and better for general public, transport department of Delhi has decided to ensure the installation of GPS tracking devices in all the Public Service Vehicles. DIMTS was given the responsibility to Empanel vendors who have quality products, and can meet the technical requirements.
Though there are many products available in the market that are currently being used for GPS tracking of vehicles, unfortunately, it has also led inferior quality products to be brought into market. DIMTS with its stringent technical guidelines, and strong technical team with immense experience and expertise ensured that only high quality products are listed and emapaneled for the process. The devices submitted were tested on multiple parameters, multiple times for their quality, and only those that met the requirements were listed.
It has been our commitment and passion towards quality products and cost effective end-to-end solutions for fleet management, vehicle tracking, that our product G-71 customized to its perfection was emapenled by DIMTS as one of the first GPS tracker device to pass all the tests and meet all the guidelines.
G-71 GPS tracker is equipped with high class GPS / GSM chipset with higher capabilities and abilities to work in even extreme weather conditions. A long lasting battery, a water proof, dust proof internationally certified IP65 casing, all internal antennas, capabilities for communication with serial peripheral devices, and support for two way communication puts G-71 GPS tracker best in its class.
As per recent notification from Delhi Transport Department all Gramin Seva needs to install GPS trackers before the last date 30-May-2013, while all the Contract Carriage Buses needs to get the mandatory GPS tracker installed by 30-04-2013. Dynakode has readied a team of expert technicians, field staff to work round the clock to ensure that no one misses the deadline, and provide best of services to the owners of Gramin Seva and Contract Carriage Buses.
Posted By: aashish