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Monday, March 8, 2010

Edition 11: Using BlackBerry for Traffic

With the traffic situation in Pune almost going out of hand, the city traffic police launched Traff.i.cop scheme. The scheme uses modern means of communication as a tool for the control of traffic and giving punishment to the offenders. The scheme was first taken up on the experimental basis for three months. The start was made in November last year and now it is in full force. The technology allows the cops to detect traffic violations.
The population of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad has already crossed mark of 50 lakhs. The number of vehicles at the end of year 2009 was 26 lakh. Traffic police were handicapped till yet because they were unable to trace the record of a particular vehicle driver. This allowed the offenders to commit same violations over and over. Even if they were caught, their past crimes did not come on the record giving them a free ride for future offences.
To overcome this handicap, Pune police started the implementation of traffi.i.cop with the help of Software and Technology Park, Blackberry Company and Omni Bridge Pvt. Ltd. This scheme is nothing but a thoughtful application of Blackberry phones. The traffic police constables you see at the road junctions are provided with 57 blackberry handsets. Once a policeman spot an offending vehicle passing through a junction, he just sends the registration number of the vehicle to the main server through GPRS (General Packet Radio Service).
Within a second of sending this number, the total past record of that particular vehicle which is available with (RTO) Regional Transport Office comes on the screen held by the cop. This data includes the previous violations of traffic rules in the past. This data has been stored on a system called RTO which is prepared by (NIC) National Informatics Bureau. It is possible to check the information of vehicle tax, fitness, permit and other essential things pertaining to a vehicle. The device also helps the police trace vehicles in hit-and-run and chain snatching cases, as well as halting suspected vehicles at nakabandi operations.
During the first fifteen days of this year, the , the computerized system helped the police locate 31 stolen two-wheelers and trace owners of 39 two-wheelers lying abandoned in the city. The police team checked the engine and chassis number of the vehicles and identified the registration number to trace the owners. Already a data of 11 lakh vehicles within the limits of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) besides details of about 8.60 lakh two-wheelers is ready.
The data of all 375 series of vehicles from the RTOs of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad has been prepared. Updated data on seven lakh stolen vehicles obtained from the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), along with data of 7,700 stolen vehicles is also available.
According to Manoj Patil, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), "Under the project, the traffic cops are equipped with BlackBerry phones. If someone is caught four time for violation of rules, then his license will be cancelled.”
The traffic police are also to be given Bluetooth thermal printer. If a traffic violator is caught, the vehicle's registration number or name of the offender will be sent to the server via the phone. Details of the offence, offender, vehicle number, time and date will be fed to server at the time of issuing a receipt for paying fine,.
This project is based on the concept of m-governance which uses wireless, GPRS or USB medium for commu-nication.
This technology is based on BlackBerry MDS. Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.
Advantages of Trafficop
It brings in transparency in the working of police.
Repetition of work is avoided.
Detailed history of the vehicle is available instantly.
Increases effectiveness in enforcement and implementation of law.
All record of offences done by offender is flashed instantly.
Helps in tracking stolen vehicles and informing criminal records of
Dispenses off the need for paper work.
National Honour For Trafficop
The intelligent traffic management system has received the national recognition. Prithviraj Chavan, Union minister for Science and Technology presented the national award for outstanding technology business incubators (TBI) and the Indian steps and business incubators association (ISBA) annual award on February 8 to Manoj Patil, DCP, traffic police department at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Pune traffic police and Omni-Bridge Systems, the technology firm which developed Trafficop were the joint winners of the award.
The scheme, till Feb. 6, has helped identify the owners of 320 vehicles which were abandoned at police stations and traffic division offices in the city.
The owners were traced using the vehicles' registration, engine and chassis numbers, a statement issued on Saturday by deputy commissioner of police Manoj Patil (traffic) said.
A police team comprising assistant police inspector Arvind Gokule, constables Surendra Kolge, Amol Ghawate and Rupali Hole identified 1,192 vehicles lying abandoned at 21 police stations and traffic division offices. The owners of 320 vehicles, together worth Rs 1 crore, were identified. These include 299 motorcycles, eight four-wheelers and 13 rickshaws.
The statement says that 196 vehicles were registered with the regional transport offices at Pune, 115 at Pimpri-Chinchwad and nine were from outside Pune district.

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