Kolkata Traffic Police to Use Android or BlackBerry Smartphones

Looks like our cops are on the verge of being as tech-savvy as any one of us! There is news of the Kolkata Traffic Police taking traffic management a step further (read as traffic management 2.0) by bringing in Android or BlackBerry smartphones into the picture.

According to IBNLive, Kolkata’s traffic police will soon be streaming images of traffic on their narrow roads live on their website. The only problem is that you’ll need a smartphone to stay updated on the traffic status.

Penalizing you through the Android! (credit: KolkataTrafficPolice)

Penalizing you through the Android! (credit: KolkataTrafficPolice)


Vineet Goyal, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) says that with the help of “traffic management 2.0”, the traffic cops will be informing commuters about the areas where there’s congestion. The commuters can then avoid those particular roads and take another route.

The plans sound good (don’t all Government plans always do?) and involves issuing traffic policemen with special electronic devices to take fines. Not only that, the average commuter can also voice his traffic woes on Facebook. And to take violators to task, there will be cameras installed in key locations as well. Goyal adds, "We are in the process and very soon our sergeants will have BlackBerry or Android-enabled phones with swipe cards so that people can pay up their fines."

Everything said and done, these plans are very well chalked out. But personally speaking, I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to the dreadful Indian Government. Remember the Sakshat tablet thingy?

Published Date: Feb 25, 2011 09:31 am | Updated Date: Feb 25, 2011 09:31 am