Chennai will soon have a live traffic monitoring system to reduce congestion.
What’s it about? The Chennai traffic police will install a Live Traffic Monitoring system for ₹1 crore to help reduce congestion at 300 junctions. Currently, the traffic police rely on information from officers at the locations to make any changes. In October 2022, they launched an app called “roadEase” to help people identify roadblocks or diversions.
- The system collects real-time data from web maps to help manage traffic at 900-1,000 roads to divert traffic if needed. The data will be updated every five minutes.
- The system will also store information on traffic during peak hours and the festive seasons to help make diversions accordingly.
Expert speaks: Traffic expert S Kamal said the system would be more useful if the police could integrate some basic details with mobile apps for motorists to access. This will give them advanced warnings during monsoon times when roads are waterlogged.