Rowdy young men in an Indica car hit another car in Pune and instead of apologizing beat up its driver and run away. The driver complains providing Indica's registration number at the nearest police station resulting in the assailants finding the police already waiting for them when they reach home.
The credit for this super fast functioning of traffic police is credited to TraffiCop a new software, which is revolutionizing the way traffic offences are being handled in Pune.
The software built by Omni-Bridge Systems Private Ltd under the incubation program of Science and Technology Park, Pune was awarded the ISBA (Indian STEP -Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park- Business Incubators Association) award by Science and Technology Minister Prithviraj Chavan on February 8.
Talking to the Hindustan Times Managing Director of Omni-Bridge Amit Shitole said," Vehicle and vehicle owners' data in the Metros today is actually lying in different departments including Traffic Police, Road Transport Office, District Police and not with the traffic police officers who deal with traffic offences on the road almost on a daily basis."
"What we have done in our software is to collate the data and provide it to the traffic officer in an easily accessible form."
On November 27, 2009, 65 traffic police officers of Pune city were provided with Blackberry smartphones along with a handheld palm size printer, he said.
TraffiCop software installed on the phone gives access to the traffic police officer to 13.5 lakh vehicle registration data of Pune, 10 lakh driving license data of Pune besides 7.5 lakh stolen vehicle data from all over India provided by the National Crime Records Bureau, he added.
"As soon as the registration number of the vehicle is keyed in by the police officer on his Blackberry, all the personal details, license , registration and vehicle details, offence history are shown on the mobile .."
Interestingly for persons having criminal background a special alert is given out to intimate the Traffic Police Officer.
All this data is not stored in the Blackberry but in a server, which can only be accessed by the officer, he added.
In case of any offence being committed in front of him like jumping of the red light or any other traffic violation, the Traffic Police Officer can use the TraffiCop to issue 'challans' based on the past history of the offender through his printer, he added.
"TraffiCop is a GPS enabled device and therefore the spot where the offence is committed can be marked on a map and photographs taken and stored."
The traffic police officer can on the spot check if a vehicle is stolen or not through its registration number, he added.
During the last 60 days under the TraffiCop pilot project the 65 traffic police officers have registered nearly 1 lakh 70,000 traffic offences, he added.
Once the pilot project is successful the traffic offence registration and fine collection solution on smartphones as a part of mobile governance, the commercial model is to be developed, he added.