Last week, the Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation gave its final verdict in the sad death of a four-year-old Indian school girl after she was forgotten on the bus.
Human negligence remains the primary reason behind such tragedies, and in today’s technology-driven age, there ought to be checks and balances to avoid such recurrences.
One such solution was unveiled last week at Gitex by Chinese firm Huawei, which announced the launch of its Agile Internet of Things (IoT) solution for vehicles to help make public transportation safer for residents.
The in-vehicle solution offers a number of services, including in-vehicle video surveillance, accurate passenger tracking, emergency services communication, real-time vehicle health data analysis and even allows for a host of multi-media services for passenger’s entertainment, the firm said in a statement.
Developed by the Chinese firm for maily connecting public transport vehicles and school buses, road transport authorities can now easily monitor, track and communicate with their fleet of vehicles, ensuring increased safety for residents.
By enabling high-speed internet connectivity to passenger vehicles, users can access high-definition in-vehicle video surveillance to monitor driver and passenger status, analyse driver performance, highlight potential safety issues such as passengers not wearing seatbelts and even allow for swift connectivity to emergency services in the event of a road collision or accident.
“The boundaries of the Internet of Things are quickly expanding and our world is transforming with the development of smart and safe city technology.
"Our In-Vehicle IoT solution for use on Middle East roads integrate wireless communications and automotive electronic technologies,” said Safder Nazir, Vice-President of IoT and Smart Cities at Huawei Middle East.
The solution provides authorities real-time data about the health of their vehicles on the road, offering data such as fuel consumption, tire pressure and engine performance, which can also minimise the risk of an engineering or mechanical failure.
“The IoT solution enables public transport buses and other transportation vehicles to exist in a seamless wireless mobile environment, so that users are able to utilise the connected benefits, ensuring greater levels of control and safety on the road,” said Nazir.
One of the key features of the smart in-vehicle IoT solution is its streamlined connectivity to emergency services in the event of a crisis. An emergency button is mounted inside the vehicle that the driver can activate, which sends out an alarm.
Through the Geographic Information System (GIS), the circumstance can be detected in real-time and the in-vehicle video surveillance data can be quickly accessed ensuring that the relevant measures can be taken to guarantee passenger safety, Huawei said.