Cutting down fuel costs with high speed broadband Internet
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The raging petroleum prices have caused havoc in the world recently.
The drastic price hike of fuel charges has nearly toppled developing
economies while shattering the economies of developed countries.
In this regard Sri Lanka is highly affected by continued increase in
fuel prices. Growing demand for fuel led us with no option other than
importing more fuel to fulfill this need.
The interesting thing is, while other countries consume fuel, we
waste considerable amount of fuel on the road, each year for nothing.
This is mainly the traffic congestion on our roads which is caused by
numerous factors. More precisely poor driving habits and un-streamlined
road network with improper traffic systems are the culpable factors.
The reality is we cannot go on like this forever. We must take
appropriate action to arrest this situation by finding optimal solutions
to the problem. Saving fuel is what we should do first, while finding a
long lasting solution for the future.
Whatever the method we use to save fuel it should be a practical one
with minimum pressure on public and it should not be a burden on the
However, when it comes to fuel saving, information technology will be
a smart option. To be precise, it’s the high speed broadband Internet
that could be used to cut down fuel costs almost by half.
Though it’s pretty late for amplification of such a system in the
country, at least if we act now, we would be able to save considerable
amount of foreign currency that we pay for petroleum in the future.
If we acted swiftly in the past we should be having such well
developed telecommunication environment in the country by now.
Therefore, we are now paying for our own negligence.
Broadband Internet is the high speed Internet delivery system which
could be used to transport large amount of data between computers.
Despite its high-tech superiority, it is a very cost effective method of
data delivering in the world.
Therefore other countries in the world have swiftly migrated to
broadband platforms to avoid such crisis. The respective Governments
have put many services on the Internet by enabling citizens to access
them remotely by not visiting the Government offices.
Even people would now have the opportunity to do their jobs by
staying at home under this method. The method is called ‘Tele working’
or ‘tele commuting’.
Effectively tele commuting could cut down or reduce the public
commuting by more than 50 per cent in a well develop environment. People
don’t have to travel to banks and offices to access those services, they
have the privilege of doing accessing these services and completing the
required tasks over the Internet with greater speed.
Moreover, the quality and the reliability of these applications are
high and flexible. People could save precious time spent in an office
environment and have the opportunity of obtaining correct information
Today, one has to travel to Colombo or has to travel to the nearest
Government office to access services. Sometimes the distance could be
few miles to many miles from ones home town and could take considerable
time to travel.
If he or she travelled by his or her own vehicle, his or her act
would contribute to congestion, burning fuel and increasing the air
pollution. The first two will be the most concerning factors here.
Actually that commuting would cause fuel to burn in two ways. Directly
burning fuel in one’s own vehicle and indirectly burning others’ by
creating additional congestion on the road.
It may seem insignificant if we took one individual, but it would be
huge if we considered all the individuals in a town or a country. Having
this in mind our task is to find a solution to fuel crisis with the help
of Information technology. The challenge we have is huge.
But it could overcome that easily, if we used the correct strategy by
carefully studying the situation. Initially, the Government could host
its citizen services on the Internet by taking the leadership through
License renewals, tax submissions, issuing applications and forms,
information services are the few things that Government could introduce
The primary area of public services has to be addressed first. This
method is capable of attracting public to use more and more online
services in the future. For instance, utility bill payments; water,
electricity and telephone should go online.
Similarly public must be provided with the facility of acquiring new
services online. For example, a person who is applying for new water
service to his premises must be given the opportunity to submit his
application over the Internet without having to attend the appropriate
office in person. Incentives and discounts could be provided to
customers to encourage them to use Internet for similar transactions.
As many services come online, people would realise it is convenient
to do their tasks over the Internet than doing them in other ways. Due
to quick responsive nature of the online services it would become more
popular than the authentic methods. This will encourage the public to
use the Internet to access services than ever before.
As more and more people rely on Internet based services, point to
pint travelling could be reduced or cut down completely. If public
commuting could be reduced it would decrease the fuel consumption
Traffic congestion is the killing factor of our economy. In a single
day, thousands of vehicles burn many thousand of fuel litres in a single
day. Large quantity of fuel vaporizes in to air for nothing.
A successful e-government system could cut down motor traffic by over
50 per cent. The rest regarded as an essential commuting services
including public transport. Still this mandatory traffic wastes about 20
per cent fuel due to un-planned traffic systems in the country.
Absence of real time traffic monitoring network has caused traffic
piling, specially during busy hours in Colombo and its suburbs.
Country’s traffic signalling system still depends on pre-programmed
signalling lights and manual controlled systems by the Police
department. Real time intelligent monitoring system is what we need
right now to streamline the flow of motor traffic.
Cost effectively this could be done with the aid of high speed
broadband network by connecting all the police stations in the country.
Similarly, a centralised point could be setup to monitor traffic on the
roads in real time to increase its efficiency.
The next challenge is to provide the public a suitable medium to
access such services online. The fast and cheap would be the right
solution. Surely it’s the broadband services that we have being using
for the past five years.
All citizens must have the opportunity to access the Internet at an
affordable price, irrespective of their social levels. Importantly
broadband service must be capable of delivering data at real high speed.
Slow speed Internet could jeopardise efficiency of the application
causing churn among users.
This situation would have negative impact and eventually it would
discourage and to keep away people from using the Internet. The access
medium has to be fast enough to complete one’s task over the Internet
while easy on their pockets.
Therefore, it is very important to address the matters in this sector
as we introduce cutting edge technologies to serve citizens online.
This country needs an aggressive shift towards the information
technology to serve our nation and also to enhance the living standards.
Let us unleash the powers of high speed broadband Internet by timely
using it against rising fuel crises.