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Eye on traffic violators, 194 red light cameras installed in Indore

The Indore traffic department has completed the work of installing 194 cameras under the Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system at 15 main squares of the city.

indore Updated: May 09, 2015 16:57 IST
Punya Priya Mitra
Punya Priya Mitra
Hindustan Times
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The Indore traffic department has completed the work of installing 194 cameras under the Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system at 15 main squares of the city.

The hi-tech system is expected to usher in a new era of intelligent traffic management in the city whereby violators will be issued automated challans for jumping the red light.

Inspector general of police Vipin Maheshwari will inspect all the intersections on Saturday and the RLDV system is expected to be inaugurated in a couple of days.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Maheshwari, on Friday, said a new addition had been made to the system, whereby violators would be sent text messages the moment a challan is issued on their name.

He said talks were on with the government to make online payment of challan possible.

A person is slapped a fine of Rs 500 for jumping the red light each time, he said.

Assistant superintendent of police (traffic) Anjana Tiwari, who is closely associated with the project, said the RLVD system will be a game changer in traffic management.

“The days of breaking traffic rules with impunity -- be it skipping red light, tripling on two-wheelers, not wearing helmet or have wrong number plate -- will be a thing of the past,” she said.

“Licences of repeated violators will be suspended or even revoked,” the ASP said.

However, the traffic department is yet to decide on the number of violations that would trigger suspension or revocation of licence.

The RLVD system was started on a pilot basis at the Lantern square and Pipliyahana square in January to test the feasibility of the new system.

Over 22,000 challans have been issued since the system was installed in the two squares earlier this year.

What is RLVD system?

The RLVD system comprises one Automatic Name Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera per lane, one Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) camera per road, one Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera per junction, one industrial computer per junction, one central server and a licence plate detection software at each junction.

The ANPR camera captures the number plates of the vehicles that crosses the stop line and the video is fed into the industrial computer at the junction.

The RLVD camera in turn captures the vehicle movement and status of the light at the traffic signal - whether it is red or green - in a single camera view.

The RLVD software detects those incidents where the red light is on, but the vehicle are still crossing the stop line.

Once such a violation is detected, the licence plate of the vehicle is captured and read by the computer software.

All these data, including the time and location, snapshot of the errant vehicle, image of licence plates, five snaps from the RLVD camera showing the vehicle movement at that time and a video clip covering the entire incident are stored in the central database at the control room where after due verification the challan is generated and dispatched to the owner through the area police station.

No escaping the camera eye now

Traffic officials had pointed out that it would be possible for an errant driver to skip the challan because his/her address registered with the Regional Transport Office may be incorrect.

But the loophole has been plugged in the new system.

The department will store the data of the vehicle and the challan and this would be available when the vehicle is caught for some other offence.

The vehicle owner would land in the net when he tries to get a NoC for the vehicle from the RTO.

In the case of commercial vehicles, which need to renew their permits yearly, work is on to link the transport department’s site with that of the traffic department so that the former has information of unpaid challans.

First Published: May 09, 2015 16:40 IST