The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), launched a new surveillance system under its ongoing Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) project to ease the flow of traffic and operations on roads. To this end, the Centre’s autonomous agency already started deploying the surveillance system in various toll plazas in the country.
The NHAI’s parent organisation, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), opines that the new surveillance system will eliminate traffic congestion on roads especially on highways, which currently facilitate around 40 percent of trade and commerce in the country. The NHAI, under the supervision of the MoRTH, is further set to install the new surveillance system at 10 Toll plazas by 2018.
Over the next six months, the National Highways Authority of India is planning to position IP cameras at 10 major Toll gates to improve security at Toll gates. Later, it may implement the surveillance system in all the major Toll booths in the country. The new surveillance system is built with sophisticated imaging technology and smart IP cameras to collect real-time data on the flow of traffic.
Once the surveillance equipment gathers the information, it will send it to a Command & Control station at Regional Office (RO), the supervisors will analyse the data collected by the command centre and deploy relevant measures to clear gridlocks and other traffic-related incidents.
The IP camera in the surveillance system will send time-stamped photographs to the RO command centres for every 30 minutes, and it works round the clock. The low-latency IP camera of the surveillance system live streams traffic-related information, which will further used to decongest the flux of traffic at Toll gates.
If the traffic is not fixed within 30 minutes, then the surveillance system will send alerts to the RO and NHAI command centres to perform necessary actions to bring the situation back to the normal. The NHAI is deploying the project under the leadership of its Chief General Manager, Akhilesh Srivastava. The system is equipped for real-time traffic monitoring, Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) monitoring and control, traffic camera monitoring and control, traffic signal monitoring and control, active traffic management, road weather information system, and more.
To improve traffic management, the NHAI’s surveillance system is integrated with high-definition cameras, sensors, and databases. Moreover, the new surveillance system is at the heart of the Incident Management System (IMS) in processing data on road accidents and traffic congestion. It also dispatches emergency facilities such as ambulance, tow-away cranes, GPS-monitored patrol vehicles, and more.
The IMS-based surveillance system, will improve road safety and mitigate traffic congestion. Initially, the government’s autonomous agency – NHAI – will develop the new surveillance system at few Toll gates; if that works out, it will expand its deployment to all the Toll plazas, road junctions, and highways in the country.
The NHAI’s new surveillance system is set to solve critical challenges faced by the Indian traffic, roads, Toll plazas, and other nodal networks. It also will enhance road transportation and commute. The new system will further eliminate fraudulent practices and crimes on roads and national highways in the country.