Month: December 2020
Everything Dealers Need to Know about FASTag
Technology is evolving quickly in India and you need to know how to keep up. One of the upcoming changes is how drivers make toll payments when they are on the road. Up until the end of December 2020, drivers will still be able to pay the traditional way – using cash or credit. However, once January 1, 2021 arrives, they will be required to have FASTag.
What Is FASTag?
FASTag is an electronic toll collection system that is operated by the NHAI. It is a technology that is based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which allows drivers to make toll payments without the need for cash or even credit or debit. They don’t even need to stop their car to pay their toll. The FASTag is adhered to the windscreen of their car and scanned whenever the car passes through a toll plaza. The toll is automatically deducted from the driver’s prepaid FASTag account.
The use of FASTag has significant benefits for drivers, as well as the highways systems of India. Drivers can move through toll plazas without the inconvenience of stopping or waiting in a lineup of vehicles. This can significantly cut down on their driving time. The FASTag system will keep traffic moving smoothly, preventing congestion at toll plazas. Best of all, the Indian government is offering 2.5 per cent cashback on toll payments made using FASTag.
How to buy a Fastag?
Drivers can get a FASTag from anyone of 23 certified banks, at National Highway toll plazas and through online retail platforms such as Amazon, Snapdeal, and Paytm. Once they have their FASTag, they can link it directly to their credit card, bank account, or wallet. Drivers can top up their prepaid account at any time and every time they go through a toll plaza, they will receive an SMS text message alerting them to the toll payment.
How TiA Industry Accelerator (IA) can help your customers with FASTag?
How does FASTag affect buying a new vehicle? Before that vehicle can be put on the road, a FASTag must be acquired and the account set up. This is yet another item in the long list of things a new car owner must deal with before they can drive off the lot.
The TiA Industry Accelerator is part of the Tangentia Intelligent Automation (TiA) Platform. The TiA IA is built to serve the needs of various industries, offering deployment-ready software solutions built to accelerate business processes. It is built with the automotive retail sector in mind and provides you with digital worker capabilities that allow you to:
- Streamline the collection of vehicle owner data from multiple outlets
- Automate all aspects of purchasing a vehicle from one convenient platform
- Enhance your customer service and increase satisfaction
- Automate mundane tasks for automotive dealerships so you can focus on core competencies
- Ensure regulatory and legal compliance in the automotive industry
The capabilities of TiA Industry Accelerator (IA) can be extended, modified or customized, depending on your needs, making it the ideal solution for all your process automation, including the purchase and setup of FASTag.
At Tangentia, we are ready to partner with you to offer smooth and speedy FASTag compliance for the vehicles sold under your dealership as mandated by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), India. This is a must since, as of April 1, 2021, new third-party vehicle insurance will be issued only if the vehicle has a valid FASTag.
So, let TiA IA help you help your customers purchase the vehicle they want without all the hassle that comes with a vehicle purchase. When you can do this, you will provide your customers with a superior buying experience, enabling them to hit the road immediately.
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What You Need to Know about AODA Compliance
An incredible 15.5% of the people in Ontario are living with a disability. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) ensures that all businesses and organizations with 50 or more employees will meet the government of Ontario’s accessibility standards by 2025.Specifically, businesses and organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors are to ensure full accessibility of their organization for all Ontarians in five key areas, including:
- Information and Communications
- Customer Service
- Design of Public Spaces
The first three of these areas can be applied to website design, which is the focus of the most recent shift to full accessibility based on the AODA. It’s called the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and every Ontario website needs to comply.
WCAG 2.0 compliance
All businesses and organizations are required to be AODA WCAG 2.0-compliant by January 1,2021. This means that their websites must be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust. In other words, all the information that is presented on a website must be provided in a variety of different ways to accommodate the needs of anyone who goes to that website. This means:
- Ensuring the website content is easy to navigate
- Using text to help explain images and other non-text content
- Using predictable web page layouts
- Designing the website so readers have enough time to fully comprehend the content
- Making all text readable by using at least 16 pt font for regular text and 18 pt font for headings
- Including all links in the form of a phrase
- Ensuring the content on the page is distinguishable by using a 4.5:1 color contrast between the foreground and background
- Making the content adaptable so the reading order is preserved regardless of how that content is accessed
- Providing captions and/or transcripts for audio and video
- Making assistive technology available to support readability
- Providing input assistance in the form of error identification and prevention
- Ensuring all headings have tags that help assistive technology navigate the website
How to become AODA compliant
To become AODA compliant, there are four steps you need to follow. These are:
- Conduct a website audit. This audit will determine the level of compliance on all the pages and features of your website.
- Get an AODA expert to help ensure your website design is 100% compliant.
- Test the accessibility of your website.
- Keep track of all the accessibility updates you made so you have records in case you are subjected to a website compliance audit.
There are some easy and effective ways to test the compliance of your website. These include:
- Using assistive technology to review your site and ensure the design and all technical aspects of it are accessible
- Using an online accessibility checker to check the accessibility of your website (not 100% reliable)
- Having people with disabilities to review your site and provide feedback (best method)
If you haven’t already brought your website up to AODA WCAG 2.0 compliance, the time to do so is now. At Tangentia, we have the experts who can help design your website so that you meet the AODA WCAG 2.0 standard of compliance in time for the January 1, 2021 deadline.
Contact us today to for a free AODA website compliance audit.
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Tangentia is a Platinum Partner of IBM and well as partners with Automation Anywhere, UI Path, Blue Prism, Adobe, Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon and leading enterprise software vendors. We work with customers globally with offices in Canada and India to implement their RPA strategies using an agile methodology.