BANGALORE, March 3, 2010: Traffic police of India’s Knowledge City (Bangalore) is gradually moving into a ‘paperless regime of enforcement’ with officers getting hi-tech ‘BlackBerry and bluetooth’ supported printers.
Minister for Home V S Acharya on Wednesday said project “BlackBerry assisted Traffic Enforcement” that was initiated by city traffic police in 2008 has finally reached its final stage.
The Minister, who launched the second phase of Black Berry plan here, he said “with all traffic officers up to the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector getting BlackBerry and bluetooth supported printers today, city traffic police will move into a paperless regime of enforcement. The hi-tech equipment would be implemented across Karnataka, Dr Acharya said without specifying a timeframe for it.
The benefits of using Blackberry system of enforcement include data base of traffic offenders, real time access to offence history of drivers and real time Management Information System (MIS) where performance of each officers, types of vehicles being penalised and type of offences being booked is accessible over internet in real time, he said.
Phase II, which involves 370 BlackBerry and printers, has more advanced and robust equipment with protective cover. It is also backed with elaborate connectivity and data storage in State Data Centre, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic & Security) Praveen Sood said.
Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari unveiled Violation Evidence Management System. The growth of traffic has led to increased congestion levels in the city and many of the roads are operating more than capacity, Bidari said speaking on the occasion.
Bangalore is radial city with the State Highways (Mysore Road, Magadi Road, Bannerghatta Road etc) and National Highways (Hosur Road, Tumkur Orad, Bellary Road, Kanakpura Road etc) converging into the city. The outer ring road that has just been completed has a problem with the outer ring road mixing along with the inner ring road and intermediate ring road.
The Policy that the Traffic Police has been emphasising has been a multi-layered approach that includes:
Traffic Management - through regulations and restructure Traffic Infrastructure - in terms of grade separators and sub-ways Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) - use of Automated Traffic Control Systems Synchronised Signal Systems Automated Enforcement - through PDAs.
The Bangalore City Police has been under taking the Management by introducing One Way Systems in central areas. It has launched the AECs and is in the process of installing Synchronised signals in phases.
The City Police has drawn up plans to undertake the ITS in the near future. (Mangalorean)