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Solving traffic problems with airborne cameras, in real time

To ensure there are no traffic bottlenecks during the Commonwealth Games next year, the Delhi Traffic Police will take the help of images captured from high-resolution cameras, reports Vijaita Singh.

delhi Updated: Nov 20, 2009 22:54 IST
Vijaita Singh

To ensure there are no traffic bottlenecks during the Commonwealth Games next year, the Delhi Traffic Police will take the help of images captured from high-resolution cameras.

These cameras would be fixed in aerostat balloons suspended at important traffic intersections.

More than 55 lakh vehicles ply on Delhi’s roads everyday and the situation becomes precarious especially if there is a big event in the city.

With the help of these balloons, real-time images would be relayed to a computer screen installed in a police jeep stationed within 100 metres of an important intersection.

Expert say cameras on balloons is a good idea because they will help the traffic police monitor these visuals and issue guidelines to maintain a smooth flow of traffic to their counterparts where there has been a traffic jam.

“It is not possible to keep an eye on the entire stretch of the road from a particular point. Camera fitted balloons would be very helpful,” said S.N. Srivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic).

Experts said it was an “innovative technology” and would help the traffic police manage the flow of vehicles.

“It has never been used in the country before. Since live images would be displayed

with the help of high-resolution cameras, it would give more flexibility to the officials,” said P.K. Sarkar, Head of Department, Transport Planning, School of Planning and Architecture.

“These cameras would

have an overall glimpse of the flow of vehicles on the road and will react accordingly.”

The balloons would be filled with helium gas that is light and not inflammable.

The trial for the aerostat balloons has been conducted and the police have found it useful for important events.

The trials were conducted at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and India Gate intersections and the traffic police were satisfied with the outcome.

Police said the balloons will not only be used during the Commonwealth Games next year, other major events would also be covered.

“Monitoring of traffic on the roads through balloons

should be turned into a permanent fixture and not only for specific occasions,” said S.P. Singh of Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training.

“It should be used 24 hours and exhaustively in all parts of the city,” he added.