GPS to make Kerala houseboats safe for tourists

GPS to make Kerala houseboats safe for tourists

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Kerala: Houseboats ferrying in the backwaters of the South Indian state of Kerala will be loaded with GPS soon. The system will track houseboats and ensure the safety and security of tourists while they cruise the backwaters.

The tracking system, which integrates advanced technologies in GPS, Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM), General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), and microprocessor subsystems, has been developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) for Kerala Tourism. It will initially be introduced on 100 houseboats in the State in view of the increasing safety and security concerns and mounting accidents on the backwaters. Besides tracking and locating houseboats on a Geographic Information System (GIS) map and timely emergency response, the route travelled by a houseboat can also be “geo-fenced” to receive alerts on any route violations. Web and mobile-based public interfaces for the tourists and others will help them access information on accreditation, safety, and security rating of every registered houseboat in the State through the website of the regulating authority Kerala Tourism. The server at the central monitoring system will process the GPS data and relay the information in real time to information retrieval interfaces such as web portals, boat jetty, and passenger information display boards. The houseboat tracking application software will provide route, halt, distance travelled, speed violation, fleet summary, and alert reports.

Source: The Hindu