In the state of Kerala, 726 traffic cameras will be installed that are powered by AI. The cameras will be set up at various different places and the control of these cameras would be given to the Motor Vehicles Department. The plan is to inaugurate the new cameras in April.
The cameras would be able to spot the violated in daylight as well as at night. The camera can also detect if the driver and the passengers are not wearing helmets and seatbelts. It would also be able to detect how many people are sitting on a motorcycle. So, if there are more than two people on a motorcycle then a challan will be issued.
The camera has a range of 800 metres which is quite a lot. It would capture through the windshield of the vehicle so the passengers would also be visible. There will also be a picture of the number plate that will be captured by the camera. The number plate will help in tracking down the vehicle and issuing the challan. Moreover, because the cameras are AI-enabled, they would be able to detect if you are wearing something else instead of helmets.
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Keltron which is an undertaking of Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited will be setting up the cameras. The Motor Vehicle Department has already sent the list of places where they want the cameras to be set up. Cities like Kannur will have 50-60 cameras, Kasaragod will have 44 cameras, Wayanad and Idukki will have around 30-45 cameras. Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode will have 60 cameras.
The cameras will be installed on national highways, state highways and even on district highways. The main control server will be located in Thiruvananthapuram. Keltron has been given charge of maintaining the cameras.
Because of the development of Highway 66, the cameras will not be installed there. MVD has also decided to remove cameras from Kasaragod and Kannur because of the construction work that is going on in the areas.
The cost of the cameras was Rs. 235 Crores. Additionally, 18 cameras will be installed on traffic signals and busy junctions. There would also be four automatic camera systems. They will automatically capture the images of the violates and transmit them to the control room. Until now, an operator was needed to operate the cameras. Moreover, such cameras operate on solar energy.
Accidents in Kerala
The number of accidents and traffic violations in Kerala has increased in the past few months. Till June last year, 2,269 accidents happened. Out of these 769 incidents happened in the city while 1,500 happened in rural areas. 201 people died in these accidents. Total accident numbers were at 28,000!
Kerala Police will be conducting special drives to spread awareness and reduce traffic violations. The only time the number of traffic accidents was reduced was during the coronavirus pandemic. However, now as the states have opened again, the number of accidents has also increased.
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