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Monday, August 20, 2018
RED SIGNAL VIOLATION DETECTION MECHANISM AT SATYAM JUNCTION : In what could be a shot in the arm of the traffic regulation mechanism in the city, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is implementing ''smart signalling'' system across the city as part of the ‘Smart City’ initiative. Among the smart signalling initiatives, Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system tops the bill 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 real time with the date and time stamps. "The challans for the violations of the safety norms will be sent through SMSes to the phones of the vehicle owners or sent to the address on which the vehicle is registered," say sources. The challan for violation will be messaged to the phone or sent to the address on which the registered vehicle is registered, say sources. According to sources in the GVMC, works pertaining to installation of the Red Light Violation Detection system is in full swing and are expected to 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. In yet another green initiative, 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 signalling 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 signalling systems have been set up at various places."Fifty such systems will cover several parts of the city from the Car Shed to Kurmannapalem and they are expected to be ready by the month-end. Once ready, the traffic wing of Police Department can operate them," sources in the GVMC say. Centralised 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 signalling 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, says an official.