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TMT-launches'Trako,' India's first Vehicle Tracking System

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) In a bid to ensure a smoother and more fragmented functioning of the Indian Transport Industry, TACO MobiApps Telematics Ltd (TMT) today introduced ''Trako'', the country's first end-to-end Fleet Management and Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), through the use of telematics.

''While expanding our presence in the telematics space, we have identified Long Haul Trucking, Logistics, BPOs, schools, Municipal Corpotations and government bodies, as the key verticals for its telematics solutions,'' TMT CEO Praveen Gupta told reporters here.

The VTS enables tracking of locations of vehicles and consignments, collating and recording information such as unscheduled stops, off-route movement and over speeding.

The information is then relayed to the control room and could be accessed through various applications like live-on the computer screens via the Internet, through SMS on mobile phones or periodic reports via e-mail.

''The Cargo Management Solution (CMS) provides end-to-end visibility of consignments besides generating SOS in case of emergencies,'' Mr Gupta said.

To a poser as to how 'Trako' would benefit the Indian market, Mr Gupta said, ''The telematics space in India holds tremendous potential with the growth of the outsourcing and service sectors.

The use of 'Trako' will help the fleet management and transportation companies to control their fleets and mobile assets through realtime visibility.'' He further added that 'Trako,' priced at Rs 1600 per piece, also served as an alert mechanism by detecting accidents through the two-way communication it maintained with each driver and assisted in ensuring early paramedical aid in the event of a mishap.

On the customers TMT was looking at, Mr Gupta said ''besides having 70 odd customers including Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), Indian Oil Corporatin Ltd (IOCL), schools, steel, we also have partnered with government bodies, including the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), to provide solutions for real-time monitoring and emergency responce systems, solid waste/Garbage Disposable management.

He added that ''TMT had provided 50 units to the MCD in the first lot, a number expected to scale up ten times,'' but did not divulge the order size for BPCL and IOCL, which was still in the ''early stages.'' TMT uses GSM, GPRS, CDMA and other terrestial networks to instal and maintain the necessary hardware, software and web/mobile phone services.

TMT is a joint venture between Tata AutoComp Systems Ltd, one of India's fastest growing auto component companies, and MobiApps Holdings Pvt Ltd., Singapore, leaders in satellite and terrestial technology in commercial communications.

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