Description: Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS)
Ltd. is an urban transport and infrastructure development company committed to
build and deliver quality infrastructure. A joint venture company, set up with
50pc equity, each, of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi
(GNCTD) and the Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd. (IDFC), DIMTS
came into being in April 2006.Over the years, DIMTS has evolved and is now
equipped to provide concept to commissioning as well as operations, management
and maintenance services, given the knowledge and skills it has in the areas of
Urban Transport Planning, Project Management, Engineering Design and
Construction Management Financial Modeling.
Can you elaborate on the salient
features of TellTail?
TellTail is a mobile security application
that has been developed by DIMTS in view of the increasing incidents of rapes,
kidnapping and other crimes. Once downloaded on the phones, the application can
help the individuals reach out to their friends and family in emergency
situations on the press of a button.
application allows the user to be tracked using the GPS in a vehicle or the
user’s phone. When in trouble, the user through this application can send
security alert to her important contacts and seek help. It also provides visual
tracking information of the user on the map to the concerned contacts. The
application does not invade the privacy of the users as they can be tracked
only when they wish to by switching on the TellTail app. The application is
currently available on the Android platform but will soon be made available on
other versions as well.
Also throw more light on Track Me
and Track by Vehicle and Panic Button. How effective these applications are
particularly in the context of rape and death of Nirbhaya?
The application has the three main
features: Track the User, Track by Vehicle and Panic Button.
The Track the user option option uses the
GPS on the phone itself for tracking. The user can always share the tracking
information with the primary contact by clicking the map location icon on the
screen. The primary contact would be able to view the current location of the
user on the map. As for Track by vehicle option, since DIMTS is already
tracking auto rickshaws and buses in Delhi, it can provide an option to the
user to be tracked from a vehicle. This option does not need a GPS enabled
phone or require those who have GPS phones to switch on the GPS which drains
off the battery of the phone very soon. The person just needs to enter the vehicle
number and his/her primary contact will get to know the details about his/her
location on the map. At present, the application supports tracking of the new
auto rickshaws that are fitted with the GPS devices. As for the Panic button
option, in case of a situation when the user needs immediate help, the user
just needs to press the panic button on the application for two seconds and an
alert will be generated and sent to the backend server. When Panic button is
pressed, SMS will go to all the contacts saved as favourites in the
any individual in trouble and requiring help, this application can be life
saver as the victim can quietly send the help request to her family or friends
by pressing the panic button. There is no need to call anyone and the attackers
won’t even get to know. Family members will be able to constantly track the
movement of the victim and provide help at the earliest. The exact position
from where the panic was sent will also be known so that there is no problem in
help being sent at that location.
Will this also be used in GPS and
The application can send tracking data
through both the GPS/GPRS fitted in the vehicle as well as the phones. If the
user is in the new auto rickshaws fitted with GPS, he/she just needs to put in
the vehicle number and the vehicle will start getting tracked. However, if/she
wishes to be tracked at any other location too, the GPS/GPRS in the phones can
be used for tracking. If GPS/GPRS is available, the application will send exact
location details to DIMTS server and the registered contacts along with the
primary contacts. If GPS/GPRS is not available, the application will use SMS to
send location information to DIMTS server and registered contacts.
How is this application different
from other applications that are available in the market?
The Track by Vehicle option is not
available in any other application. We already have credible tracking data of
the buses and auto rickshaws in Delhi and thus TellTail will help in tracking
the vehicle faster. Since prolonged use of GPS in the phones drains out the
battery soon, the user need not switch that on and can instead make use of the
Track by Vehicle option of the application. It is already linked to the new
auto rickshaws in Delhi that are fitted with GPS. We are also thinking of
extending to the Delhi Transit buses (cluster buses), school buses etc.
What is the cost involved in this
is DIMTS’ contribution to the safety of the people. No price can be put to safety.