Mr Subrata Sengupta is an engineer by education and has more than 18 years of experience in the industry, including responsibilities in India and abroad. His main expertise has been in real-time process controls. Our interview with Mr Subrata can be detailed as follows
Can you share with Telematics Wire readers about your offerings for vehicle tracking and intelligent transport systems?
Stesalit has launched SXnavo, a complete range of hardware and software suite for the Intelligent Transport Solution. SXnavo has integrated different solutions into the single ITS, which include the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival), Current location of the buses in a route, integration with in-bus camera and infotainment, Public Information System (PIS) for the passengers, Command Control with depot management, and different types of sensors intelligent reports. In addition driver behavior analysis, driver authorization through Iris scanning for improved safety, anti-theft solutions, with an innovative solution where the vehicle tracking would continue even after deliberate tampering of the main device are included in Stesalit’s offering. Checking on fuel pilferage, cold-chain trucking solutions, and other sensor-based plug and play telematics solutions are favorite among the SXnavo customers. Rugged PDA-based Electronic Ticketing Machine is another innovation from Stesalit. Stesalit has been into locational intelligence industry for last many years. Stesalit combines the unique capabilities of geospatical technology, embedded electronics, rugged mechanical designs, and software development to offer the plug and play complete solutions for the telematics customers.
From which industry segment you are having demands for tracking solutions?
The demand is from a large range of industry like the heavy industry for their asset monitoring, the long-haul and short-haul trucking companies, schools, and many other industries.
Can you share your success stories in vehicle tracking?
We have come up with a solution which we call the “Clean City” System. The Clean City System is a fully integrated solution designed to streamline the administration of waste management and street cleaning operations. The solution helps meet the challenges of improving frontline services cost effectively by providing up-to-date information by 24×7. The system acts as a ‘hub’ through which all data flows and from which all reports are generated. The system ensures that the organization is completely up to date on the status of these when answering citizen queries and allows any remedial actions, such as resolving missed and contaminated bins, to be made whilst the rounds are still active. Furthermore, we have a solution for water tanker fleet management as well. The features of the solution includes GPS based Water Supply Location Capturing and Information collection, mobile based geo-referenced locational intelligence, live vision status of the water tankers on graphical mapping interface, SMS based public grievance redressal system, live tracking of vehicle movement and real time alert system – route violation, hub or landmark visited, schedule deviation, excessive stoppage, no stoppage, running beyond working hours and panic alert button for the driver. Clean City was successfully implemented for the Mangalore City Corporation.
Do you think there are any impediments in the growth of telematics industry in India?
There is little awareness in the industry about the Chinese imports and the problems with them. Many other countries where vehicle tracking has been implemented early and the telematics industry have matured, have understood the problems with the low cost imports. The government also has to take initiatives so that telematics technology is mandated for improved passenger safety. The government can also play its role in implementing Intelligent Transport system for city transports, so that the commuters start using public transport leading to less congestion in the roads.
What are the future plans of Stesalit for India?
Stesalit is going to launch innovative solutions for the Indian market. It is assumed that the road infrastructure in India is going to transform into smart roads, with connected vehicles, intelligent parking, traffic management, and real-time information. Stesalit is committed to launch cutting edge technology solutions as the country improves the road infrastructure.
What according to you is the future of automotive telematics in India?
With the growing length of road infrastructure in India and at the same time increasing pressure on the roads due to ever increasing vehicles, it is extremely important that cutting edge technology is used in managing the congestion, the roads, the vehicles, and the parking lots. More public transport with better information to the commuters is essential. Location intelligence devices and solutions are going to become all pervasive in the days to come.