Smart Traffic System for Navi Mumbai
With a vision to implement a holistic and integrated surveillance system in Navi Mumbai, the government of Maharashtra decided to align with Cisco for a connected physical security solution that would transform the way people, property and infrastructure in the city would be protected. A video surveillance system was implemented in order to enhance the overall safety and security of the city, address concerns pertaining to likely violation of law and order, traffic violations, turnaround time for crime resolution and act as an aid to investigation.
The solution included latest video surveillance and analytics technology which provides live camera updates and alerts and ensures that no security breaches are missed due to human error or oversight. Part of the solution are IP based outdoor security cameras located across the city which have the ability to monitor, detect, alert and record attacks, theft, vehicular movement, and human movement. The video surveillance data from various cameras deployed at strategic locations in the city are stored, monitored and analysed in a centralized control room. Intelligent reporting, Command and Control Engine & alert generation mechanisms enable faster and efficient decision making and help to put in place preventive security mechanisms as needed.
Arvind Salvi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Navi Mumbai, said, “At present we are having CCTV cameras for Traffic Surveillance. The feeds from the cameras are monitored at the Command Center in the police headquarters. To introduce any kind of latest technology in a city, there are two aspects. First, there is a need for funds and secondly, the technology has to be properly utilized and maintained.”
Work is underway to implement an evidence-based challan system for traffic violations in Navi Mumbai. There are around 250 CCTV cameras at junctions. Plans are afoot to introduce the evidence-based challan system in the city. There are also plans to introduce the electronic surveillance system. While the CCTV-enabled challan system is still at the administrative stage and slated to be implemented in coming months, the system of issuing e-challan on the spot is in the final stage.
In Navi Mumbai, the CCTV system will be upgraded to take images of registration number of vehicle flouting rules. If a motorist jumps signal, a snapshot of the vehicle’s registration number will be taken and printed on the challan, which will be posted to the motorist’s home. E-challans will also be issued on the spot for traffic violation.
Armed with Android devices and a printer, traffic officers can monitor motorists and also issue e-challans. The Android devices have 3G internet. As soon as an officer puts a smart licence or smart RC book in the designated slot, the driver’s name, address and insurance details, and the vehicle’s engine number are displayed on the screen. All these details appear on the printed challans. If a driver gives paper licence or RC book, then the police enter the vehicle registration number on the device. Within a few seconds, the officer can get all the details of the owner of that vehicle on our screen.
While the above initiatives show immense promise, we need to develop standards of roads and customize traffic control devices to suit Indian conditions and mixed traffic conditions and need to update our legislation. In all, India has started taking baby steps in implementation of intelligent traffic management systems and integrated transport management system but the country still has a long way to go.Preeti Swaminathan