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Dutch firm helping Kerala manage transport

Using India-made software, a Dutch company is now helping Kerala revamp its transport system. ARS Transport Technology in the Netherlands is an IT company that creates software to track transport systems. It has brought to India a traffic monitoring system that can revolutionise goods and passenger movement on the length and breadth of India’s roads.

Two years ago the company moved to an IT development park in Thiruvananthapuram so that it could cut costs and tap Indian software manpower for the company. It is heard that Indian software experts developed for the company a tracking and tracing system for the Netherlands Railways. The ARS India office then developed a system for bus route tracking and fleet management software. So popular and cost saving was the system that ARS Netherlands began selling the product to its other European neighbour countries.

It has helped Scotland and the county of Yorkshire in traffic jam management.

ARS Netherlands manufactures the hardware, an electronic device that is planted in buses, cars and even lories. The ARS software developed in India helps monitors keep tab on every vehicle on the road. A small transmitter is also provided so that the driver can communicate with the central monitoring agency.

He has been showcasing the system to industry leaders in Chennai gathered at the opening of a new Netherlands business office for south India. Having tasted success in Netherlands, ARS was looking for bigger markets when the Kerala State Transport Corporation showed interest in trying out the system, for buses running on its road. Kerala, on the west coast of India is a long, forested and partly hilly state with a large volume of north-south road traffic.
Kerala has now equipped its buses with the ARS tracking device, imported from Holland. The central transport office in Thiruvananthapuram is now able to monitor all its long distance buses, up to a minute.