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State Government launches ‘Abhaya'

In a bid to provide protection to women in public transport, the state government has launched project ‘Abhaya’.    

The safety mechanism has been launched in wake of an alarming increase in the number of rape and harassment cases against women in public transport. the scheme is being implemented at a cost of 58 crores. The project will be implemented on pilot basis in Visakhapatnam and Krishna districts. 

As part of the scheme, autorickshaws in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam will be fitted with devices enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT). This gives more accurate information on the location of a vehicle and by pressing a simple button on their mobile, women can directly send alerts to police on their command control system.

Around 50000 LoT device boxes which have an inbuilt Global Navigation Satellite System will be installed in auto-rickshaws by October.  The devices are equipped with both real-time location tracking and data communication. 

The mobile application will enable a connection between the passenger and the server without asking for any personal information.

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