Women Safety with GPS: A fresh initiative by Government of Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: For the safe transportation of women, Government of Kerala has drawn a plan to install GPS and CCTV cameras in public transport vehicles. The initiative has been taken safety in view of the Centre's direction. The tracking system will be installed in all registered vehicles including vans, lorries, auto rickshaws and school buses.
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has been given the responsibility of developing software regarding this, a senior official confirmed.
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"In the wake of the Nirbhaya gang rape incident, the Centre has given directions to states to ensure the safety of women in public transport vehicles. Based on that, we have entrusted the C-DAC to develop a software to enable GPS in public transport vehicles," the official, who does not wish to be quoted told.
Vehicles will be installed with GPS in the first phase, CCTV cameras in the next. All Regional Transport offices would be equipped with control rooms and a master control room in the state capital for monitoring the procedures, he said.
"We are making our own software and plan to operate on our own server to ensure effective mechanism. We have plans to install the tracking system in all registered vehicles in the long run. But, in the initial phase, it will be installed only in selected vehicles due to technical difficulties," he said.
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GPS could track not only crimes against women but also traffic rule violations including over speed. Officials are also considering the installation of GPS-based auto-fare metre, he said.
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