BENGALURU: At least 50 traffic junctions in Bengaluru will soon get artificial intelligence-enabled Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) cameras equipped to detect eight violations -seatbelt, overspeeding, triple riding, one-way riding, using mobile, signal jumping, stopping or crossing stop lines and not wearing helmet – besides identifying vehicles with pending fines.
These cameras will consider those wearing “half-helmets” (the ones that do not offer protection to the whole head) as helmetless, reports Santoshkumar RB.
Police said the cameras will be installed at 50 major junctions from August.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) BR Ravikanthe Gowda said the RLVD cameras will be installed at 50 major junctions across the city from August and the same would be extended to all the junctions in the city in the future.
Equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, these cameras will help reduce physical deployment of traffic police at the junctions, leaving them free to perform traffic-management duties.
Stating that ANPR allows cameras to identify vehicles with pending fines, Gowda added: “RLVD cameras will not consider half-helmet or cap-like helmets as helmets. The riders with these kinds of helmets will automatically be booked for not wearing a helmet. The public should wear the ISI-marked helmet not to avoid fines but for their safety.”
According to the department, traffic cops currently depend on enforcement cameras installed at junctions to identify violators. Staff at the Traffic Management Centre can zoom and pan the camera and click photos of vehicles which jump traffic signals or cross stoplines and book cases.
The department has already completed a pilot to test the efficiency of RLVD cameras. As part of this, the department had installed RLVD cameras at Kodigehalli (near Hebbal), MG Road, and Hosur Road for a short period.
During trial period, jurisdictional traffic police rode two-wheelers and drove four-wheelers at those junctions in violation of traffic rules to check if the RLVD could detect the same. The results were positive, the department said, prompting it to take a decision of installing the cameras initially at 50 junctions.
“We operated two-wheelers and cars violating one-way, using mobile, jumping signals, riding without helmets and driving without a seatbelt. We noted down the timings and the type of violation we had committed intentionally to check the authenticity of the camera. Later, we checked the data recorded and stored by the camera. It matched perfectly with our notes,” a traffic policeman said.