In the letter to the minister, it said the space technology makes it possible to track convoys’ routes and to schedule alerts in the events of mishap, to help enable drivers to react on time.
It has also urged the government to speedily implement the use of satellite-based asset tracking systems.
“Satellite asset tracking system is unique, first for its ubiquitous coverage, second it digitizes entire supply chain with zero blind spots. The two-way communication help keep the command and control glitch-free,” said Anil Prakash, Director General, SIA-India, while elaborating indigenous satellite asset tracking systems being offered by Ananth Technologies (NavIC), Inmarsat-Skylo, and Saankhya Labs.
Ananth Technologies’ EFMS system is a NavIC based solution for asset tracking. The tracking information will be sent directly sent to the central hub through satellite communication, enabling secure tracking of information. This system uses IRNSS for better positional accuracy.
Saankhya Labs uses ISRO’s GSAT – 6 satellite in S-Band frequency and can be utilised for ensuring connectivity from remote locations where no cellular connectivity exists while augmenting cellular-based solutions on a pan-India basis and sending SoS, it said.
Skylo with Inmarsat provides a ubiquitous satellite-based NB IoT network that enables location, sensor data, and two-way communications between fleets carrying health cargo (including oxygen and vaccines) and a centralised command centre.
“This ensures that there is real-time visibility across 100% of India for the above data giving absolute control on resource allocation basis need and demand removing all logistical hassles,” it added.