January 2, 2009 3:11:55 am
Delhi Traffic Police will soon be seen with smart BlackBerry phones matching steps with the Scotland Yard. They would also be able to know about previous notices slapped on a vehicle, its accident record if any and details of the driver on a CDMA or GPRS handheld device. The department plans to start a system of ‘e-challans’ soon to make all this possible.
Traffic police officers would also be able to print challans in English and Hindi on-the-spot and also forward it to courts. This new technology ‘e-challan’ system is expected to start in April. This is reportedly the first time in India that any traffic police department will be printing violation notices on-the-spot.
Delhi Police has placed an order for 650 such handheld devices, which will be given to traffic cops all over Delhi.
“It will save a lot of time. The challans can even be sent to court. The data relating to the vehicle held would be available on the device as it would be linked with the Central Database,” said a senior traffic police officer.
Through this device, the challaning officer of Delhi Police will be able to know the status of the vehicle – whether it is stolen, involved in crime or otherwise, previous history of the vehicle or the driver in accident, previous prosecution history of the vehicle, pending notices of the vehicle and also access the system through the Internet.
The device would be connected to a central database through which it would be able to search or access data on the basis of the vehicle number, name of the driver, parentage, driver’s license details, using wild card options on one or many fields.
“In case any pending notices are shown by the database, then the device would generate all pending notices besides the current one,” added the officer.
Officials said that the new devices would act as payment receiving stations for any challan or notice generated by any other device and issue receipts.
This device, officials say, that would be small in size like a BlackBerry phone with a touch screen and stylus and would be attached with an compact printer to print challans in both English and Hindi. It would work in adverse weather conditions and would be able to receive/send small text SMS messages from and to the control server.
The traffic cops may carry this device in their pouch and then fix it on their belt.
The Delhi Traffic police already has a state-of-the-art control room with multimedia to track PCR vans fitted with GPS devices and the department also has installed CCTV cameras at major intersections to make Delhi’s traffic more smooth. The police are also planning a website for providing traffic-related services to the people.
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