Open chaos, meet open source. Kolkata’s harried traffic police, which has to tackle a mess of trucks, cars, auto rickshaws, hand-pulled rickshaws and the periodic procession, has decided to put in place an intelligent traffic monitoring system based on open-source software controlling information from cameras and sensors. In the first such project in India, the intelligent traffic monitoring software will monitor and send the data to a network operating centre (NOC) at Lalbazar, red-brick headquarters of Kolkata Police, where a core team will act in real time to control the flow. The Rs 25-crore project, using Red Hat Linux operating system, will incorporate a digital map with detailed GIS or geographical information system of the city and even the emergency number 100, giving the police an exact fix on the caller’s location and identity.
Putting the system into place will be Keltron, the Kerala government’s electronics industry development outfit. PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) will be the consultant and project manager. Apart from monitoring traffic and responding to distress calls, the system will also incorporate a surveillance system at public places and VIP areas.
Kasturi Bhattacharjee, a managing consultant at PwC who is in charge of the police project from the consultant’s side, said this would be the first project of such complexity in India. “This is the first time in India such modern traffic system is being implemented in a city in India. Kolkata will have a traffic system that will take care of any unforeseen events disrupting the traffic flow,”