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

  • Ola CONNECTS has all of Ola’s core capabilities and can be deployed in various use-cases by Governments and its agencies
  • Collaborates with Punjab State Government to help connect 17lakh farmers to the Punjab Mandi through the Ola app
  • Available for any Government or Public Service Organization pro bono through the current COVID crisis

National, 16 April, 2020: 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 andTracking Solutioninitiative. 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, amidst the ongoing COVID crisis with 100% data privacy and world class security. Keeping in mind 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 24×7. User activity can be restricted to specific zones with alerting mechanisms on deviation through Geofencing Controls. Other capabilities include , Real-time Alert System and 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 the authorities to conduct random checks to ensure all preventive measures like usage of masks are being strictly adhered to.

Ola CONNECTS can be replicated across various use cases including Emergency and Healthcare Support, Supply Chain Management, Law Enforcement, Frontline Resource Deployment, Incident and Information Response, and War-Room Management amongst others.

Speaking on the launch of Ola CONNECTS, Pranay Jivrajka, Co-Founder, Ola said, “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 implementation of strict on ground measures. As a platform that serves hundreds of millions of users everyday, our 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, we are able to offer a ready to deploy technology solution that addresses unique challenges in the various relief initiatives that are under way. All of Ola’s innovations across AI, tracking technologies, allocation and flow management are part of the CONNECTS platform. We 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 the current 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 the farmers including distribution of security travel passes digitally thus eliminating the need of physical distribution which happens at large gatherings. Ola CONNECTS has a centralised dashboard which can track the movement of farmers along with their vehicles in and around the mandis enabling officials to manage the flow of farmers and the collection of their produce to prevent crowding

Ravi Bhagat, Secretary Punjab Mandi Board and Special Secretary, Governance Reforms said, “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.”

Ola CONNECTS ensures that personal and confidential information received will be dealt with the highest standards of care and the data will be processed in accordance with applicable law and the Company’s existing privacy policy.

For further details visit https://www.olacabs.com/connects 

Reach out to us at connects@olacabs.com for any queries

About Ola

Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK including key global markets like London and Sydney. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 2.5 million driver-partners.

Ola’s core mobility offering in India is supplemented by its electric-vehicle arm, Ola Electric and Ola Fleet Technologies, India’s largest fleet management business. With its acquisition of Ridlr, India’s leading public transportation app and investment in Vogo, a dockless scooter sharing solution, Ola is looking to build mobility for the next billion Indians. Ola also extends its consumer offerings like micro-insurance and credit led payments through Ola Financial Services and a range of owned food brands with India’s largest network of cloud kitchens through Ola Foods.

Ola was founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people.

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