Date of Post: 20 Dec, 2017
The Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) was signed today between Kochi Metro Rail Limited and M/s. Urban Mass Transit Company, a company promoted by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, to facilitate fitment of GPS/GPRS based Bus tracking system on 1000 private buses operating under 7 companies in Kochi.
Shri. Thiruman Archunan (Director Projects, KMRL) and Shri. Kishore Nathani (Senior Vice president UMTC) signed the JDI on behalf of the respective organizations in the presence of Shri. Mohammed Hanish, Managing Director, KMRL. ZOPHOP CEO Shri. Vinayak Bhavnani, Deputy Transport Commissioner Shri. M.P. Ajith Kumar, RTO (Ernakulam) Shri. Regi P Varghese, RTO (Enforcement) Shri. K. M Shaji, EDRAC President Shri. Rangadasa Prabhu , represenatives of 7 private Bus Operating companies and the officials of KMRL were present in the function
Image Credit: Kochi Metro
The objective is to install GPS devices in all the buses in GCDA/GIDA area and to offer an information-based solution to the public. This solution comprises Installation operation and maintenance of GPS devices, providing value added services by analysing GPS feed, providing display units on information in buses and bus stops, extend the features of journey planner application for the commuters of all modes of transportation
The live tracking of buses will be disseminated to the public through a Mobile App based Journey Planner provided by ZOPHOP, the technology partner of UMTC, which will be added on to the Kochi1 App, the mobile application system provided by KMRL’s transit card.
The On-board Passenger Information System and off-board Public Information System at few important bus terminals & bus shelters are also planned. A modern, State of the Art BUS Operations Control Centre is also planned associating with Cochin Smart Mission Ltd. with monitoring facilities to State MVD, City Police & 7 bus companies.
“This ‘Informed Transit’ is aimed to ease the bus journeys and encourage people to use Public Transport as their default option. A fleet based Auto Rickshaw Network; soon to be launched in line to the vision of the State Government, across the Greater Kochi Area will facilitate first & last mile connectivity to the Public Transport network”, said Shri. Mohammed Hanish, Managing Director, KMRL.
‘Seamless Transportation for Kochi’, is a Public Transport Integration project of Govt. of Kerala, implemented at 4 levels, viz. Institutional (MTA), Information Technology (ITS), Fare (Smart Card) & Physical (MRTS & Mobility Hubs) levels.
Source: Kochi Metro | Image Credit: Kochi Metro