India’s Airports Authority Implementing GPS-Based System

In the summer of 2013 India’s Airports Authority instituted employee training on the country’s $118 million GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation system, also known as GAGAN. GAGAN, as its name implies, utilizes GPS-based technology to manage air traffic. According to its creators, GAGAN will make airplanes’ use of fuel more efficient by managing various aspects of flights, such as the rate and angle of a plane’s climb and descent. It will help improve safety by giving information to pilots and ground crew regardless of weather conditions. It will also improve pilots’ and passengers’ welfare by helping direct air traffic, keeping planesRead More

GPS Locator to Improve Train Safety

A train company in India has announced that it plans to install GPS devices in its trains to improve their operational safety. The devices will gather data that will then control the functioning of problem-prone lights in the parcel car of the train. Risk of Fire Indian Railways has a history of issues with fires in the parcel cars of their trains. Three major incidents over the last couple of years have sparked panic among passengers and resulted in damage to both the trains and their contents. The fires appear to be caused by a short circuit in the lightingRead More

India: GPS-Enabled Fare Meter Project On Hold

There are new developments in the auto rickshaw GPS device implementation: the project is on hold at this time. The Tamil Nadu government had agreed to get their hands on electronic fare meters featuring GPS devices to install them in each and every auto rickshaw purchased prior to August 25 of this year. They initially told the Supreme Court they’d have them installed by February of 2014, a total of roughly 71,000 vehicles in all. However, transportation officials there made the decision to put the installation of the meters with GPS technology on the back burner. Right now, they wantRead More

GPS for Boat Safety

The death of four tourists in January in a houseboat accident in the state of Kerala, India, has led to a new idea for using GPS tracking devices. Authorities in Kerala are piloting a program to put GPS devices on 100 houseboats to create a safer environment for tourists and locals alike. By using GPS tracking devices, the government will be in a better position to maintain awareness of the locations of houseboats, which attract many tourists but also run many risks in backwater areas within Kerala. How it Will Work The main part of the program using GPS technologyRead More

GPS Technology Used In Tree Conservation Effort In India

We often report stories where GPS tracking is used in wildlife conservation efforts. Typically, when we think of wildlife, we think of bears, birds, elephants and other living creatures that move around. One of the major benefits of using GPS tracking on wildlife, is that researchers can monitor their movements remotely. You might be interested to know that GPS devices are used on stationary living things as well. The Bombay Natural History Society’s (BNHS) Conservation Education Center (CEC) in Goregaon is tracking native trees with GPS devices. Of course, no one is expecting the trees to move. The GPS isRead More

GPS Mapping for Forest Dwellers

Of all the demographics you could think of, “forest dwellers” might be the last one you would expect to benefit from GPS technology. In India, tribal groups that have spent centuries living in the woods are having one of the same main problems they’ve always had: multiple groups claiming the same land. The Indian government would like to put these arguments to rest and concentrate on other business. But it is extremely difficult to sort out land claims among primitive groups, especially in remote areas where mapping of any kind is relatively new. GPS mapping may have the answer, usingRead More

The Capabilities of an Asian GPS

Although Asian countries have launched numerous types of satellites into space, India has launched its first navigational satellite. This satellite is the first of many building blocks for constructing a powerful GPS network. With this navigational satellite, India will be more capable in war, navigation, and precise timing. First of all, India will be more capable in war. With this new technology at its fingertips, India will not have to rely on other countries’ navigational systems for help if war was to ever break out. Instead, this Asian GPS provides the option of improving communication and location placements from various placesRead More

Punjab, India: Patrol Vehicles To Get GPS Tracking Devices

Punjab is said to be a pretty nice place to be in terms of crime rate (drug addiction is another story altogether!), but as with anywhere in the world, crime does occur. Carjackings by the cover of night, bootleggers, and those who rob ATMs abound. In order to keep crime rates low and reduce them even further, Punjab Police have announced the introduction of new and improved patrol cars. These vehicles, 1,014 in all, will all be equipped with GPS tracking devices as well as vehicle registration search devices. The Plan The GPS device-equipped vehicles will prowl the streets atRead More

Coal India Limited To Install GPS Devices To Increase Efficiency

Coal India Limited, the world’s largest coal mining company, is having trouble meeting production goals. In order to correct this, the company has announced plans to install GPS tracking devices in all of its major mines by March 2014 in the hopes of increasing efficiency. A Coal Ministry official has confirmed this, stating “Coal India Limited may install GPS based tracking of transportation of coal by March 31, 2014.” He went on to explain that a loan has been provided to CIL in order to afford the costs associated with the GPS devices’ installation. The Coal Ministry recommended that CILRead More

Indian Government Uses GPS Tracking to Promote Bharat Nirman

Government intervention and GPS tracking may not seem to go hand in hand, but some governments have been able to put the devices to good use as part of their publicity campaigns. In India, the I&P Ministry is finalizing plans to use GPS technology to keep track of ad hoardings that will promote the Bharat Nirman campaign, which seeks to develop infrastructure that will provide basic amenities like electricity, water, housing, and all-weather roads for rural India. The decision to implement GPS technology comes after the ministry experienced difficulties ensuring that the hoardings were in the right location. Now, eachRead More