Staff Reporter

Police can observe movement of vehicles using surveillance cameras

The centre will get live images from

40 junctions

It is now housed in Ashok Nagar police station premises

BANGALORE: The traffic management centre that will help oversee traffic movement across the city and prevent congestion of vehicles began operation here on Friday.

This is the first such centre to be set up in the State.

From the centre, which is now housed in the Ashok Nagar police station premises, the police can observe the movement of vehicles across 40 junctions using surveillance cameras. Another 40 junctions will be shortly added.

“We will not only man the traffic movement but also use the facility to book cases of violations. It will also be used to analyse and plan traffic movement,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) Praveen Sood. The centre will be getting live images from surveillance cameras from junctions such as Hudson Circle, Minerva Circle, Navarang and BEL Circle. These images can be seen on three of the four LCD screens. The cameras can be rotated 360 degrees and can be focused at places which are one km away from the junction. These cameras do have night vision. “We can change the timings of the signals from here,” said Deputy Commission of Police (Traffic – West) Pandurang Rane. One LCD screen will display the images from the five enforcement cameras, which look at jumping of traffic signals and over-speeding. The violations will be recorded and transmitted to Traffic Automation Centres located at various places in the city for issue of challans.

On Friday, the police officers could clearly see the large gathering people at the demonstration near Town Hall and the resultant effect on the movement of traffic. They could also see movement of vehicles at Navarang Cinema and take note of the traffic violations.

“The officer sitting at the centre will take note of such violations and alert policemen on duty at the spot,” Mr. Rane explained. Apart from surveillance cameras, the centre will be linked to other intelligent transportation systems such as vehicle actuated traffic signals and enforcement cameras.

It will be used to reduce incident response time, disseminate travel information and reduce traffic congestion. The centre will be moved to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic-East) office premises on Bhagwan Mahaveer Road (Infantry Road).

Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary (Home) Vatsala Vatsa; Director-General and Inspector-General of Police K.R. Srinivasan; Director-General Police (CoD) Ajai Kumar Singh; Director-General of Police and managing director of Karnataka Police Housing Corporation R. Sri Kumar; and city Police Commissioner Neelam Achuta Rao, participated in the function.