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Big Brother is watching you drive

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sanjay Barve looks intently at the video wall (a massive LCD monitor) as a car takes a wrong U-turn at Mahalaxmi junction.

mumbai Updated: Sep 09, 2009 02:16 IST
Megha Sood

Place: Traffic Police control room, Worli Seaface

Time: 2.30 pm, Tuesday

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sanjay Barve looks intently at the video wall (a massive LCD monitor) as a car takes a wrong U-turn at Mahalaxmi junction. Barve tells a constable standing next to him: “Relay an wireless message to the constable on duty at the Mahalaxmi junction and intercept this car immediately.”

The rogue vehicle is intercepted within seconds, and the driver fined.

This was the scene at the newly renovated autonomous control room that became functional at the traffic police headquarters on Tuesday.

The state-of-the-art control room is dominated by a massive monitor mounted on the wall.

The monitor is connected to 12 workstation computers that beam images from all signals and 100 major junctions across the city through a network of closed-circuit television cameras and GPS devices.

The monitors will be manned 24x7 by 12 constables who underwent special training in Bracelona, Spain, for a month.

“The traffic policemen went through a training session in Spain where they managed the Barcelona traffic control room,” said Barve.

The control room has been set up for strict visual inspection and incident detection in any place in the city.

The CCTV cameras capture every minute image, including a vehicles’s number plate waiting at a traffic signal. This provides the traffic police with the efficiency of video detection.

“The main function of this system is to collect real time videos from distant cameras placed at strategic locations. The footage is then transmitted via an optical fiber network to the control room fitted with over 12 workstation computers with various application software so that the operator keep an eye over six to eight junctions on one monitor,” said Barve.

The computers focus on major signals, market areas, junctions in western, central and suburban Mumbai at one click.

This will also help the traffic police to detect incidents using suitable algorithm to recognise the traffic pattern. The CCTVs automatically detect stationed vehicles on every lane type and under any traffic arrangement.

When an alert is detected on the CCTV, the video incident server sends a command to the workstation that displays the real time image.

“The system enables us to identify offenders and ease traffic congestion at a particular junction by deploying the nearest wireless van to the scene,” said Barve.

“After spotting the offender or any suspicious object, the policemen at the control room will send a wireless message to the nearest chowky or constable and the response team can reach the spot within seconds.”