The team from University of Rajarata emerged the overall winner at the Inter-University Enterprise Mobility Solutions Development Competition 2012 organized by Motorola Solutions and Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) for their automated Vehicle Terminal Management System developed for the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
The system was well designed by clearly recognizing the weaknesses of the prevailing system. The team targeted an efficient and reliable mobile software solution by intermixing the cutting-edge mobile technologies. This Vehicle Management System simplified the complex time consuming and space consuming procedures such as vehicle clearing process, delivery of the right vehicle to the right customer, turnaround of vessels etc. The team also had given a lot of thought in ensuring the customer satisfaction, reducing the cost of selling price of vehicles, increasing the berthing interest of shipping lines, bridging the gap between growing demand and the shortfall of available facilities. And this software solution is enabled by an MC65 device for all tally clerks, security officers and drivers.
The system further provides a customer care service. It is reliable and enables photo captures at inquiries making the communication with SLPA more convenient and fruitful. The use of bar-codes, inbuilt GPS system navigating drivers, SMS based resource planning, automatic generation of bar-codes are the main factors increasing efficiency in this system. Parking slot allocation and vehicle identification were also streamlined.
This winning system also possesses a commendable user- friendly interfaces increasing the interactivity of the system. Error messages are also displayed to guide the user, if anything go wrong.
The ports authority can unload the vehicles from one ship free of charge only during the first eight hours. For each additional hour the authority has to pay an amount of 35$. Generally a ship delays around 10 days raising this to about 0.8 million rupees. The developed system can check about 50 vehicles per hour, twice the number a clerk can check, thus increasing efficiency by 50% and reducing the massive cost. This system send SMS alerts to the customers whenever their vehicles arrive at the port and are ready to be released and this prevents the customers from the burden of paying port charges.
Another main benefit of this automated Vehicle Management System is that it is free of paperwork which makes the tasks inefficient and insecure. Instead of this conventional practice a central database stores all the necessary data, while providing authenticated access to the employees.
The winning team was,
- M.N.G.I.P. Herath AS/08/09/028
- P.M.C. Rajapaksha ICT/08/09/018
- W.H. Chaminda ICT/08/09/004
- S. Kumarasinghe AS/08/09/052
- K.D.D. Sandaruwan AS/08/09/082
- E.A. Maduranga ICT/08/09/040