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For Effective Traffic Management Automation Holds The Key

The advanced technology could help in saving time and money, while also ensuring traffic management in an efficient way to safeguard precious lives and property at the hour of need.

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Easing of lockdown rules have spurred the number of road accidents in the national capital, witnessing nearly 150 per cent surge from 67 in April to 173 in the month of May. There are as many as 53 traffic circles in Delhi, out of which more than a dozen are facing plenty of disruptions. The situation is no different in Mumbai, with issues related to the traffic congestion soaring every day. Besides this, over 90 per cent of the 35,000 plus surveyed vehicles have been found violating speed limits in the cities like Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur, among others, covering 34 key roads.  

According to the Bureau of Police Research and Development, the number of registered vehicles in India was nearly 20 crores in 2017, while the number of workforce for traffic management stood at just 72,000. West Bengal had the largest workforce at 8,500, followed by Karnataka at 6,000, while Delhi had a just 6,600 traffic police personnel to manage the roads.  Talking about the challenges faced by the officers of SPC, JCP, ACP, DCP and TI level, T Krishna Prasad, DGP (road safety) of Telangana said, "There is a huge shortage of workforce, which complicates the situation and forces us to go for alternate methods to control the situation."  

The officials also admit time and again that the deployment of largescale workforce has been the Achilles heel of proper traffic management, especially in the metropolitan cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, etc. At this juncture, ACSG Corp, a critical infrastructure protection firm is developing an automation analytics tool for efficient traffic management. The tool could play a pivotal role to help manage large scale workforce, since the hierarchy is quite complex in congested cities. By using data derived from the automation analytics tool developed by ACSG Corp, the authorities in charge can ensure deployment of traffic police personnel efficiently.  

With a fortnight action plan in place, entire process becomes less complex and far more credible with real-time information available pertaining to the number of active personnel ready to be deployed in a given circle to manage a challenging situation or ensure smooth flow of traffic. If the action plan is not devised beforehand, the tool can send alert to ranges, districts or circles to submit the same and get the remarks instantly. The data generated by the analytics tool could also help formulate future strategies, while also using it for the purpose of training the workforce. It will not only automate the process, but also boost the decision making for the future operations. 

“Managing large-scale human resource could be a tedious task. With the help of an automation analytics tool, the operational capabilities of the traffic police can be enhanced, as such technologies have already proved to be beneficial in other sectors,” says Pankaj Kumar, the President of ACSG Corp.

The integration of such a technology is necessary for the long-term transformation of the sector. The automation through the usage of applications has changed the fortune of various sectors, especially in the critical infrastructure space. The advanced technology could help in saving time and money, while also ensuring traffic management in an efficient way to safeguard precious lives and property at the hour of need.