TTS -A Tourist Tracking System
The news came as a relief to trek community and Nepalese tourism sector when Mahabir Pub announced that he, along with a Bangkok based tech-company, has designed an E-tag or TTS that’ll help locate and rescue the lost trekkers in Nepal.
Trekkers, who tend to lose their track in the forests, get attacked by wild animals or encounter accidents, can greatly enjoy the device. Once transmitted, the rescue team shall be dispatched to locate the trekkers in distress.
Currently, the plan has been rolled out for mere 6 months in only Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and shall cover the areas, namely; Bire Thanti, Ghandruk, Pothana, Pritam Deurali and Shikh. The initial response will help determine if the tracker can be launched and enjoyed in mass-scale in every trek trails in Nepal.
Mahabir Pun, The Innovator
Mahabir Pun, a Nepalese citizen, is a Magsaysay award winner who is popularly known for his idea of spreading the use of wireless technology in the remotest regions of Greater Nepal. His initiatives have helped establish wireless technologies in the remotest places and brought its inhabitants closer to the Globalized world!
“It is a six-month test period, if our system works effectively, we can expand it elsewhere, too. [...] But, it could be useful especially when tourists cannot carry satellite phones with them”
Currently, any trekkers considering to trek in the greater Annapurna region; Annapurna base camp and Annapurna circuit, need to deposit Rs 1,000 (Approx. US $10) at the ACAP center before they set out for trekking. They’ll be refunded once they safely return e-tags to the ACAP center.