Travellers on Jaipur-Delhi-Agra e-highway would soon be able to self-drive (without a chauffeur) electric vehicles (EVs), thanks to a proposal to geo-fence this route where EVs can be driven on a theft proof relay model, similar to facilities in Goa and European countries.
A geo-fence is a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area. Geo-fencing technology is used in monitoring activity in secured areas, allowing administrators to get alerts when anyone enters or leaves these areas.
Geo-fencing service is also used by enterprises to automate attendance, time cards, monitor employees in the field, and keep track of company property.
To set up a geo-fencing service, an administrator employs GPS- or RFID-enabled software to establish a virtual boundary around a specified location. The administrator then specifies the “response to action” as a trigger when an authorised device enters, exits or comes in close proximity to that area.
Geo-fencing work on Jaipur-Delhi-Agra e-highway is being implemented by various geospatial tech companies in association with National Highways for EV (NHEV), an e-mobility pilot by India’s leading Tech-Piloting Agency EoDB Services OPC. This would render the highways theft proof and also put them under 24×7 breakdown service surveillance.
UNL Global is one such collaborator on the pilot project for geo-fencing e-highways. The company aims to complete it by the end of this year and add a state-of-the-art EV-ready infrastructure for the ever increasing numbers of EVs on this expressway.
“With UNL we have pixelised the world to digitise physical locations and solve some of the biggest challenges in mapping, starting with reliable addressing and accurate geocoding. We give every location a unique verifiable digital address – a UNL geoID. On ground, indoor or up in elevation, the UNL geoIDs can address locations with a micro-precision of up to 1x1cm²,” said Xander Van DerHeijden, chief executive officer and founder, UNL Global.
“NHEV is the first of its kind project and is bound to revolutionise the manner in which we design e-highway and build EV infrastructure to contribute to the Central Government leadership vision to Reform, Perform and Transform. UNL is excited and honoured to be an onboarded supplier and Technology Provider for the TECH-Trail Run 2,” he added.
Abhijeet Sinha, project director, NHEV said, “as India forges ahead with an ambitious plan to achieve clean and green surface transport, and provide world-class facilities to the e-highway users, NHEV’s association with UNL is bound to unlocking the potential of the best available technology and services to the Indian customer. UNL is building the Internet of Places — a digital 1:1 geo-data twin to transform places into the next digital platform, enabling us to interact with stations, vehicles, road side assistance services in real time. This will allow us to bring forward a new generation of hyper local services, from e-commerce and last-mile delivery to smart mobility and autonomous solutions.”