Visakhapatnam to use smart signalling system to catch traffic violators

GVMC

As a part of smart city initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is implementing ‘smart signaling’ system across the city. Among the smart signaling initiatives, Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system tops the list as part which cameras are being installed at 10 strategic locations in the city, covering some of the busiest traffic junctions, mostly those on the national highway.

How it works
The new system equipped with automatic number recognition cameras can keep eyes on multiple violations in several traffic lanes at a time and record the violations in real time with the date and time stamps. The challan for violation will be messaged to the phone or sent to the address on which the registered vehicle is registered. It is expected that the Red Light Violation Detection system, which is under implementation will be completed by the end of the month.

The 10 locations in the limits of the municipal corporation at which the RLVD system are being installed include: Car Shed (Madhurawada), Hanumanthavaka, M.V.P. Double Road, VIP Road Junction, Satyam Junction, Tatichetlapalem, Muralinagar, Autonagar, Gajuwaka and Kurmannapalem.

Solar-powered signals
The advanced traffic management signals, which can be run on solar power, are being installed across the city. Even as the total requirement is said to be around 150, sources say, 50 are being installed for now and the process for another 50 locations has begun.

The signaling system has three components—auto control with fixed cycles for each direction, manual operation (changing) by the personnel on duty and operation by vehicle activated cameras. The camera installed on the signal pole has applications that can detect the traffic flow and automatically alters the signal duration. Works related to installation of the new system has already begun. Already 20 signaling systems have been set up at various places.

Centralized monitoring
The signals can also be monitored from the primary Command Control Centre in the GVMC and the secondary centre at the Police Commissioner’s office. Another feature of the automatic signaling system is that they can be remotely operated from the Integrated Command and Communication Centre Control at the GVMC. For any emergency such as paving the way for transporting organs for transplantation or a VVIP visit, the traffic signals can turned into green corridor for faster movement.