Now, a mobile app to map city traffic
The Pune Traffic Police has taken the tech-savvy route to keep a check on the traffic conditions in the city. In a first-of -its-kind app to be launched in the state, the department announced the release of their new Android-based mobile application, which would enable citizens to get real-time traffic updates, register complaints and search for helpline numbers.
Police commissioner Satish Mathur launching the app at the city’s traffic branch yesterday. Pics/Mohan Patil
The application also allows one to upload pictures of the traffic offenders, and register complaints against errant auto rickshaw drivers. The app was launched by the Police Commissioner Satish Mathur yesterday at the city traffic branch.
DCP (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare displaying the application on a mobile phone
It took three months for the department, working with two private companies, to create this app. City-based company Hardcastle GIS Solution contributed in developing the software, while the design was created by a design house, Turn Here.
Addressing the media, Deputy Commissioner of Police Vishwas Pandhare, said, “Our main objective is to provide adequate information related to traffic and better services to the citizens. They can check anything and everything related to traffic in the city via this app. Besides this, we also have a feedback section where users can give their suggestions, which will help us to improve the traffic situation in the area.”
Pandhare added, “The app is linked to Google Maps. With its help, people can get real- time traffic updates, and if there are traffic snarls, suggestions for alternative routes will be provided. The traffic diversion will be updated on the
app and those who have installed the app will get the necessary notifications.”
The traffic department also launched an alternative application for monitoring traffic called i-cop, which will be connected to the state’s database.
Speaking about the i-cop app, Pandhare said, “We can get the records of a particular vehicle with the vehicle registration number, and trace the offences registered. If the vehicle is reported stolen or is involved in any kind of criminal activity, we can catch hold of the accused. Similarly we can pull out data of an individual with the help of the licence number.”
When people’s licences are confiscated after a traffic offence, they tend to apply for a duplicate licence instead of appearing in court and getting their original one back after paying a fine. To track down those involved in such practices, cops have teamed up with the Pune RTO.
The application will be available for iPhone users to download after six days
Scan this QR code using a QR Code Scanner to download the app on Android phones. (The Scanner is available on Play Store).
Benefits of the application
>> Real-time traffic updates on your mobile
>> Information about nearest police station, hospital
>> Auto rickshaw fares
>> Locate your towed vehicle
>> Find out the penalty charged for a traffic offence