To ensure the safety of children undertaking the pilgrimage to Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala, Kerala Police has tied up with Vodafone to provide identification tags for child pilgrims under the age of 14 years. They new technology will help to avoid children getting lost from the parents in huge crowd. The children will be stay protected with Vodafone Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, which will be hung around their neck before they embark on the trek to the Sannidhanam from Pampa. The RFID tag will track the children’s movements till they return to Pampa.
In order to avail this, Pilgrims travelling with children below 14 years should report at the Kerala Police control room . After registering their name, the children will be given a RFID tag bearing the name of the child and her/his guardian, contact number and other relevant details. If a child pilgrim with an RFID tag is found separated from the group, the police personnel will take the child to the control room and will retrieve the whereabouts of the child and the message will be passed on to the mobile number registered in the card. Whenever a child pilgrim with an RFID tag crosses the RFID readers, the location information will be passed on to the mobile number registered in the card.