The city traffic police has sought continuation of Traffi-i-Cop system that was stalled in December last year due to lack of funds. The system which used Blackberry phones powered by central database had proved to be effective in detecting traffic violations,vehicle thefts and other crimes and was slated to be implemented in other cities in the state.
When contacted DCP (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said,We would definitely like to see the scheme continued. It had proved to be very useful and effective.
The Traffi-i-Cop system which was developed by the Science and Technology Park at Pune University along with the traffic police was launched in November 2009. The system had BlackBerry handsets which were linked to a centralised server and database that had data of all the registered vehicles,including the name of owner,type of the vehicle,its description and registration number.
By entering the registration number,a traffic cop could retrieve other details about the vehicle and if any offence was registered against the owner in the past. The most important part of the system was that it could track habitual offenders to ensure suspension of licences, said an officer with the traffic branch.
Another officer with the traffic control branch said,The project was to be implemented on pilot basis for three months but the amazing results saw extension for another one year. But it was stopped in December due to lack of funds. The system must be continued.
Inspector Vijaykumar Palsule of the traffic control branch said,During its implementation,a new module on crime detection was also included in the system. For instance,if a vehicle was involved in a robbery or a hit-and-run case or any other serious crime,its number used to be fed into the system. If any link about the vehicle came up in any observation of a traffic cop,it could be used to trace the crime. Police said the system would have proved useful for chain snatchings where two-wheelers are used in almost all the cases.
Pandhare added,There was a proposal to implement the same project in nine other cities in the state. A proposal for the same is pending with the state government. We have been repeatedly writing to them to continue it. It will definitely improve our working.