A local IT-based company has introduced a new system of tracking vehicles.
The new GPS (Global Positioning System) vehicle tracking software was developed by Advanced Technology, a local firm.
Jules Bizimana, the company’s managing director, said as technology advances, Rwandans needed to embrace tech solutions that best suit recent trends.
“We all see that the ICT sector is growing and at the same time our country’s ambition is to become a knowledge-based economy with ICTs a key driver. This is the reason why we (Rwandans) need to come up with innovative solutions that solve our own problems, without relying on those from outside,” he noted.
Bizimana said that this system has come at the right time.
“Many businesses have been finding it hard to supervise their drivers and managing their fleet. One of the issues they face is theft, which partly prompted us to come up with this solution,” Bizimana added.
The new system helps business owners to, among others, trace their vehicles and their speed levels, fuel consumption levels, as well as idle time.
“Unlike other GPS tracking companies, our location intelligence and fleet management ensure that you are constantly aware of your vehicles’ location. The GPS tracking software provides actionable insights that can also identify inefficient fuel consumption to reduce fuel costs,” Bizimana explained.
He added, “It facilitates full accountability and transparency. The number of working hours can also be easily verified. Apart from tracking, you can also set schedules, track costs and set reminders for servicing of your vehicles.”
Some motorists interviewed said that the new system would be embraced if only the owners of vehicles streamlined operations.
“It’s true that the new system will help in the management of the business owners’ operations, but you can’t expect a person to always be perfect. I think the best way is to establish a good understanding with your employees rather than always looking out for mistakes which sometimes happen accidentally,” said Emmanuel Kubana, a motorist.
Over 50 GPS tracking devises have been rolled out and the firm is working closely with different stakeholders to expand its operations.
According to the owners of the system, they are looking to working with the Rwanda National Police for easy rollout of these services.