In keeping with its plans to monitor Ganpati processions with the help of location-sensing devices, the traffic police department asked all zonal deputy commissioners of police in Mumbai to name the five most prominent Ganesh mandals in their zones.
Vehicles from these short-listed mandals will be fitted with a Global Positioning System device and an all-weather camera.
Through these devices, police will be able to monitor movement of the vehicles and supervise their surroundings for any suspicious activity. “Mumbai police are using this technology for the first time,” said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic). Some of the cameras atop these vehicles will record videos, in addition to clicking pictures.
According to traffic police, the still cameras atop vehicles would take a picture every 30 seconds, using flash for clarity. Live footage will be available to the traffic control room in Worli, which will monitor the situation real-time.
In addition to visual data, the traffic police will also be able to monitor the speed, temperature, fuel levels and the registration number of the vehicle. Traffic police have also assigned routes to vehicles fitted with these devices. “As the vehicle moves down the street, its location will be flashed along with the timing,” Singh said. If any mandal's vehicle strays from the route during the procession, traffic officials will receive an alert.