Start-Up Forum: Gabbit
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Startup Name: Gabbit
Core Team: Vipul Jain, Vikal Kulshreshtha & Neeraj Sharma
Founding Year: 2017
Company Websites: www.gabbit.co.in
Product Description: Gabbit – A tourism technology company – solves underlying problems in the tourism sector by using a location-based virtual network of tourism stakeholders, information and intelligence.
It currently addressing 2 major challenges in Domestic tourism:
1. Tourist Safety –
• Tourists are new to the place, not much acquainted with the place & culture.
• Local Administration doesn’t have tourist information or location, restricting timely help. Things get more complex in case of disaster
2. Over tourism, Over-Crowd, Long Queues situation, Parking Unavailability, etc.
Gabbit uses technology, collaboration, tourism knowledge and intelligence to solve above issues. The system is successfully piloting in one of most complex tourism circuit – “Char Dham Yatra” (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri) in Uttarakhand, in association with Government & tourism industry. The System helps in –
(a) Tourist Safety –
System actively monitors entire Yatra route (1,200 km) w.r.t. various parameters such as Landslides, Road blockage, Weather conditions & alerts, Crowd & Queue situations, Medical emergency, accidents etc.
Based on threshold values, system generates warning & alerts to respective departments as per SOPs. Information relevant for public is also sent to tourists, hoteliers, tour operators etc. This works as effective “Public Address System”.
The System gets all this information from different sources including various government departments (like Disaster Management, Police), Tourism Industry and tourists.
Tourists interact with system using a “tourism” mobile app.
(b) Enhanced tourist’s experience by adding regional experiences such as home-stay, village tour, authentic Garhwali food, visit scenic places, hiking & bicycling, water sports etc.