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Safety through GPS for Kerala's tourist boats. Photo: Kerala Tourism
 
 
Kerala houseboats to be geo-tracked with GPS

Thiruvananthapuram, January14  2016:  Kerala's nodal  Tourism department is all set to  launch a programme to equip all  tourist houseboats in the state with Global Positioning System-based fleet safety management system,  reports The Hindu.
Houseboats will be tracked   using  the Keltron-iTAC, a vehicle-tracking and fleet-management solution, developed by the state's electronics PSU. There will be SOS/panic buttons for timely emergency response, and the route taken by a houseboat will be geo-fenced to prevent route violations.
The fleet safety management system  is anafter effect  of the recommendations made by a nine-member committee, headed by the then   Tourism Secretary Suman Billa, that looked into houseboat safety following  a January 26  2013  tragedy that resulted in the death of four tourists at the Punnamada  lake in Allapuzha .
Read the full report  in The Hindu, here