Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s record-shattering rate of road accidents may not yet have prompted the authorities to go in for technology solutions. However, a public sector company rooted in the State is busy developing state-of-the-art traffic management systems for cities in other parts of the country.
The Traffic Signals Division of the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (Keltron) is already halfway through a project to equip the cities of Pune and Kolkata with the Intelligent Transportation System for traffic control and crime detection. Once implemented, the system will be the first of its kind in the country.
“We got the tender for the two projects around a year back. We have already implemented around 70 per cent of the project in Pune and completed installations in the region where the Commonwealth Youth Games is currently going on. The Kolkata project, meanwhile, is only nearing the implementation stage,” said Keltron Traffic Signals Division general manager Michael Suresh Raj.
While the Pune Municipal Corporation is the client for the Rs.17-crore project that Keltron is implementing in Pune, the Rs.28-crore project in Kolkata is being done for the Kolkata Police.
Public surveillance systems at major public points, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for real time tracking of vehicles, and detection systems for violation of red light, speed limit and lane change at major traffic intersections are some of the salient features of the Intelligent Transportation System to be installed in Pune and Kolkata.
“The mechanism for detecting violation of traffic offences basically comprises installation of high-definition digital video and still cameras at traffic signal junctions. The violation will be detected when the vehicle cuts an induction field produced by Teflon cable loops laid beneath the road,” Mr. Suresh Raj said.
Another prominent component of the project is the Area Traffic Control System (ATCS) for combating traffic snarls. The ATCS is an integrated system that basically helps in distributing to various junctions the overflow of traffic from one particular junction by optimising traffic signal settings. The Pune project also includes installation of multi-lingual LED matrix displays for passenger information at select bus stops and buses.