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a thread to track developments with BTRAC. ------------------- Use of BlackBerry devices by traffic police in city not to be affected Raghava M.(TH) The Union Communication Ministry’s decision not to ban the BlackBerry services for the time being has come as a relief for the city traffic police, who are using the service for online registration of cases related to traffic offences. The Union Home Ministry had sought to check the use of BlackBerry services citing national security concerns. As many as 280 traffic police officers have been using the BlackBerry technology-powered handheld computers and wireless printers to book cases for offences such as jumping traffic signals, drunken driving, rash driving and driving without licence. Airtel and Telebrahma and Thematics are providing the technical support. Union Communications and Information Technology Minister A. Raja said there were no plans to ban the use of BlackBerry services in India. Mr. Raja said: “There was no need to ban the BlackBerry operations, but we need to look into its security aspects as nation’s security is of paramount importance. We will discuss the issue in the Telecom Commission.” He said this following the Union Home Ministry’s letter to Department of Telecom on the use of BlackBerry phones, a product of Canadian firm “Research In Motion” (RIM). The Home Ministry had sought access to all communications made through the BlackBerry at any given time, which is currently not done as the device works through a server and data is transferred in an encrypted format. The Ministry had denied permission to Tata Teleservices to launch the services due to security concerns. No intimation Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) Praveen Sood said: “Till now we have not received any intimation from the service provider about interruption in the service.” Mr. Sood told The Hindu that the BlackBerry devices were being used by the traffic police for “specific and limited purpose” and was not likely to be affected. It was in June 2007 that the city police launched the use of BlackBerry-enabled devices and wireless printers for booking cases for traffic offences as a part of the B-TRAC 2010 project. This was done to replace the system of manually issuing challans for collecting fine at the place of offence. With the BlackBerry devices, police officers have been issuing challans at the spot that indicates the exact fine amount that needs to be paid. These devices will be enabled to take action against those who repeat the offences.
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Traffic Management Center

Traffic management centre begins operations
The Hindu,

* Police can observe movement of vehicles using surveillance cameras
* The centre will get live images from 40 junctions
* It is now housed in Ashok Nagar police station premises

The traffic management centre that will help oversee traffic movement across the city and prevent congestion of vehicles began operation here on Friday. This is the first such centre to be set up in the State.

From the centre, which is now housed in the Ashok Nagar police station premises, the police can observe the movement of vehicles across 40 junctions using surveillance cameras. Another 40 junctions will be shortly added.

“We will not only man the traffic movement but also use the facility to book cases of violations. It will also be used to analyse and plan traffic movement,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) Praveen Sood. “We can change the timings of the signals from here,” said Deputy Commission of Police (Traffic – West) Pandurang Rane.

The centre will be getting live images from surveillance cameras from junctions such as Hudson Circle, Minerva Circle, Navarang and BEL Circle. The cameras can be rotated 360 degrees and can be focused at places which are one km away from the junction. These cameras do have night vision. These images can be seen on three of the four LCD screens. One LCD screen will display the images from the five enforcement cameras, which look at jumping of traffic signals and over-speeding. The violations will be recorded and transmitted to Traffic Automation Centres located at various places in the city for issue of challans.
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On Friday, the police officers could clearly see the large gathering people at the demonstration near Town Hall and the resultant effect on the movement of traffic. They could also see movement of vehicles at Navarang Cinema and take note of the traffic violations.

“The officer sitting at the centre will take note of such violations and alert policemen on duty at the spot,” Mr. Rane explained. Apart from surveillance cameras, the centre will be linked to other intelligent transportation systems such as vehicle actuated traffic signals and enforcement cameras.

It will be used to reduce incident response time, disseminate travel information and reduce traffic congestion. The centre will be moved to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic-East) office premises on Bhagwan Mahaveer Road (Infantry Road).

Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary (Home) Vatsala Vatsa; Director-General and Inspector-General of Police K.R. Srinivasan; Director-General Police (CoD) Ajai Kumar Singh; Director-General of Police and managing director of Karnataka Police Housing Corporation R. Sri Kumar; and city Police Commissioner Neelam Achuta Rao, participated in the function.

question: anybody seen these? get challans? :)

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Traffic management pune style

‘Indian roads need indigenous traffic management system’ Indian road conditions require indigenously developed systems for traffic regulation while road conditions in the West, from where technology is sought to be imported, are entirely different, according to H.P. Khincha, Vice Chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University. While the Area Traffic Control System (ATCS) indigenously developed and installed in Pune was working well with abundant scope for optimisation of the capacity, the system could not be put to optimum use in Delhi, where imported technology was used. As such, the Research Committee on Application of Industrial Electronics constituted by the Ministry of Communication and headed by Prof. Khincha, has recommended to the Ministry to constitute Intelligent Transport Management Cell. Sub-systems The committee in its meeting scheduled at Thiruvananthapuram next month will finalise the sub-systems for the operationalisation of the cell. Speaking after inaugurating Road Tech 2008, organised by RASTA – Centre for Road Technology, an initiative of Volvo India Construction Equipment Division here on Friday, Prof. Khincha said the ATCS in Pune, named Cosy Coft, was under implementation in various cities, including Jaipur, Kolkata and Shillong. Personally associated with Cosy Coft in Pune, Prof. Khincha said ACTS was first introduced on 39 road junctions in 2006 and it was planned to extend the system to 40 more junctions. Vehicle speed After the introduction of ACTS, the average vehicle speed increased by two to 12 per cent and the delay was reduced by 11 to 30 per cent. comment guidelines

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