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IIT-Gn student start-up develops technology for safer transportation

The solution is a device that helps parents track the location of a school bus on the map through a phone application

Vinay Umarji  |  Ahmedabad 

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Cretif Safety Solutions, a student startup at IIT-Gandhinagar has developed a technological solution called 'Safus' that continuously transmits location of school buses as well as helps drivers improve performance by analysing data.

Three IITGN graduates -- Akash Keshav Singh, Harsh Gupta and Sushilkumar Shisode -- who run a start-up called "Cretif Safety Solutions", have developed a technology called 'Safus', which uses a device that continuously transmits its location. Once the device is installed in a bus, parents can track the location of the bus on the map through the Safus phone application. The mobile phone application also announces the arrival time of the bus. In the meanwhile, in cases of any unexpected delays, the transport manager can send an update to the parents through messages at the touch of a button.

"Based on available data and reports, most road accidents occur due to drivers' mistakes. Driving inspiration from the philosophy that prevention is better than cure, we have developed a sophisticated algorithm that analyses driver's performance and helps them improve and be a safer driver." He said, "We are among the pioneers of this technology in India. It is among the best known safety measures being employed as an algorithm to make fleets safer.

The kind of driver analysis we are delivering is futuristic and no one else has been giving this in market yet," said Singh. To begin with, the new technology will be installed in the school buses of Swaminarayan Dham International School, followed by other schools later on. "The novel solution helps us manage our buses and drivers effectively, gives feedback to the drivers helping them improve and most importantly reduces the anxiety and worry of the parents. Safus is making our lives easier and we are happy to be one of the early adopters," said Shailesh Thakkar, Trustee of the school.

The solution costs around Rs 50 per child per month. Meanwhile, trials are running in several organisations at this point of time.

"We have received appreciation from various organizations and are looking forward for Safus to find more and more users. In the near future, we plan to expand our user base from schools to colleges and also with employee transportation. We believe that there is a lot of value that could be gained from the adoption of Safus. We have exciting times to look forward to," Singh added.

First Published: Mon, May 23 2016. 14:34 IST
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