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GPS based tracking system in houseboats: Kerala


Thiruvanthampuram: A global positioning system (GPS) is soon going to be rolled out by the Kerala tourism in order to develop a safety management system for the houseboats in the state.

There will be a Geographic Information System (GIS) to track the houseboats. For the emergency situations, there will be SOS/panic buttons and to prevent route violations, the route taken by a houseboat will be geofenced.

A state government undertaking, Keltron-iTac, a vehicle tracking and fleet management solution by Keltron, will be used to track houseboats and ensure the safety of the tourists and crew. The project has been sanctioned by the government and an allocation of Rs 1.60 crore has been made for the implementation of the tracking system. The system has to be implemented within 12 months, official sources said.

“The facility will be first rolled out in 500 houseboats. The application is being updated for houseboats”, SP Gopakumar, project manager of Keltron said.

A GPS mobile unit with GPRS module and internal battery will be installed in each houseboat which will provide additional power up to six hours. The installation will cost Rs 8,000.

The spatial information and the geographical coordinate data of the houseboat will be captured by the GPS module. It will send the information to the control room in Keltron’s Karakulam unit via the internet.

“When the houseboat will turn beyond a particular angle, a tilt sensor will sound an alert. We are yet to decide whether a panic button would be provided to both the crew and the travelers”, said V Vijeesh, project manager of Keltron.

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Kerala Tourism to organise promotion event in Abu Dhabi to attract cash-rich Arab Travelers

Kerala Tourism Department, along with retail chain Lulu is about to organise an event at Mushrif Mall, Abu Dhabi, to appeal to Arab tourists

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 18, 2017: To attract cash-rich Arab travelers, the KeralaTourism Department along with retail chain Lulu Group, is organising a four-day ‘Explore Kerala@ Abu Dhabi’ event from February 22.

“Considering tourist arrivals to Kerala from the Middle East, UAE is the second biggest market after Saudi Arabia. KeralaTourism has identified the potential of the ever growing UAE tourism market,” said State Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran.

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According to Kerala Tourism figures, in 2015 more than one lakh tourists from the Middle East visited Keralaand it included 71,500 from Saudi Arabia 20,000 from the UAE and 17,924 from Oman.

The event, being conducted at Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi, will also feature colourful cultural performance including Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Theyyam and Thayambaka.

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Head of Lulu group, Keralite businessman M.A. Yusuf Ali said they will engage in promotion of KeralaTourism at all their Lulu Hypermarkets and shopping malls in the Middle East.

Leading tourism players from Keralawill show case their products in the event which will be inaugurated by Executive Director of Abu DhabiTourism Sultan Hamad Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri, among others. (IANS)

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