Ola opens up its technology platform to Governments for free to fight COVID-19 through Ola CONNECTS

News Desk, News Nation 360: Ola, India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, today announced that it is offering its technology platform and capabilities to Government and Public Service Organizations across the country amidst the COVID-19 crisis through its newly launched Ola CONNECTS (COmprehensive Navigation, NEtworking, Control and Tracking Solution) initiative. Ola CONNECTS can be deployed as a turn-key solution or customised to specific requirements, to assist governments and its various agencies in managing Real-Time War Rooms for various operations at scale, with 100% data privacy and world-class security. Keeping in mind the national interest and welfare of citizens, Ola is offering the CONNECTS platform and required development solutions free of cost to the government and its various agencies. The platform will have capabilities such as Navigation and Real-time tracking, to track millions of enrolled vehicles/people 24x7. User activity can be restricted to specific zones with alerting mechanisms on deviation through Geo-fencing Controls. Other capabilities include a Real-time Alert System as well as Crowd and Flow Management, which will enable scheduling, flow control and planning capabilities to support social distancing norms. Furthermore, AI-enabled Selfie Authentication will enable authorities to conduct random checks to ensure all preventive measures like usage of masks are being strictly adhered to. Pranay Jivrajka, Co-Founder, Ola told with the widespread outbreak of COVID-19, nations across the globe are taking bold measures to counter the threat posed by the pandemic. India has been leading this fight by example, through the implementation of strict on-ground measures. As a platform that serves hundreds of millions of users every day, their scale and innovations can be put to good use during these very challenging times. By opening up Ola CONNECTS to various state governments and public service organisations across the country, they are able to offer a ready to deploy a technology solution that addresses unique challenges in the various relief initiatives that are underway. All of Ola’s innovations across AI, tracking technologies, allocation and flow management are part of the CONNECTS platform. They are committed to serving the nation in every way possible and are offering this platform free of cost, dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of doctors, healthcare professionals and frontline staff leading our fight against COVID-19. Ola also confirmed that it has collaborated with the Government of Punjab to provide officials with a medium to effectively track and manage  over  17  lakh farmers’ produce and their vehicle movement into Mandis across

the state while following social distancing norms. Working closely with the Punjab Government, Ola has shared its technology capabilities to provide a direct channel to pass authentic information to farmers including distributing security travel passes digitally thus eliminating the need of physical distribution, which happens at large gatherings. Ravi Bhagat, Secretary Punjab Mandi Board and Special Secretary, Governance Reforms told with essential services working with limited manpower, this unique partnership with Ola will help in minimising the disruption to the critical food supply network in the country by ensuring the safety of farmers as well as the mandi officials as per the protocols set by the Government. Ola CONNECTS is a powerful platform that stakeholders across the government can quickly deploy to benefit citizens at large amidst the ongoing crisis.

Report: Anustup Kundu

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