Putting the system into place will be Keltron, the Kerala governments 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 consultants 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, said Bhattacharjee.
Sivaji Ghosh, additional commissioner of police, said the intelligent software coupled with the GIS will be able to anticipate traffic snarls from factors like political meetings and will divert traffic to roads that are less congested. But this does not mean there will be no human intervention. The new traffic system will have its share of human intervention but software will have a major role in putting in place an automated traffic system, Ghosh said. Ghosh said 95 major crossings have already been selected for the implementation of the area traffic control system. The new traffic system will have an integrated GIS-based automated vehicle tracking & management system (AVTMS), area traffic control (ATC), distress call response management system (DCRMS) and critical public place survelliance system (CPPSS). Abhijit Ghosh, the consultant with Keltron, said all these will monitor, control create a network of surveillance over the traffic movement.