PUNE: Over the last four years, penetration of automation in office transportation space has ensured a 10 per cent reduction in travel time for Information Technology (IT) sector employees in the city. According to a study undertaken by transportation automation provider MoveInSync, the travel time has reduced by five minutes one-way.
According to the company, the reduction in travel time has made employees happier and more efficient. CEO of MoveInSync Deepesh Agarwal said, “An IT employee in Pune spends 44 minutes travelling one-way daily. There are three main IT clusters in Pune - Hinjewadi, Kharadi and Yerawada. The average distance employees travel one-way is 17 km. In contrast, IT employees in Bengaluru spend 48 minutes travelling the same distance.”
He said that the study included over 20,000 IT employees in 10 client companies in the city. “We have been in the Pune market since 2013 and we have studied the difference in the travel time for our clients’ employees over the last four years,” he said.
Agarwal said that travel time is likely to come down by another 10 to 15 per cent this year. “Companies in shared IT hubs are likely to start moving towards shared transportation in light of the cost pressures mounting on them,” he said.
Citing an example, Agarwal said that EON IT Park in Kharadi has multiple companies, each of which have transportation providers for their employees. “Several employees employed in different companies may be living in the same neighbourhood and use different cabs for transportation. If the companies share the transportation, the cab will be able to provide point to point pick up and drop instead of stopping at multiple locations for pick ups. This will reduce the time taken for travel,” he said.
He further said that MoveInSync is enabling nearly 1.5 lakh rides in 15 cities in India every month. “MoveInSync offers reduced travel cost to companies by streamlining pick ups based on geo-coordinates of employees, saves travel time for the employee and also provides for safety and security measures, especially for women employees working in late shifts,” he said.
Explaining how the service works, Agarwal said, “When an employee joins our client company, they have to register on MoveInSync and enter their shift timings. Based on the geo-coordinates of the person, the system runs an algorithm to find persons located in close vicinity and schedules the pick up. The drivers’ details, drivers’ photograph and pick up time and schedule are sent to the employees. The cab will wait no longer than three minutes for a pick up. After pick up, the employees are supposed to enter a code in the driver’s GPS device to confirm the pick up.”
SAFETY OF EMPLOYEES
Safety of women employees has been a top priority for IT companies. For the safety, drivers’ details as well as photograph are provided to the employees per pick up. If the cab stops for over 10 minutes at any location, an alarm will be raised at the company. Also, if an employee doesn’t reach the destination in the stipulated time, an alarm is raised at the company.