• Mobile towers to help decongest city roads

    Salil UrunkarOct 06, 2010, 10:19 IST

    Using 'teledensity' method, traffic cops to identify spots prone to jams and find solutions; real-time traffic data to be put up on website

    Mobile towers will now help the traffic police decongest the city, as the 'teledensity' method will be employed to identify spots prone to traffic jams and send out real-time updates on the police website. This will help commuters plan their journey and avoid vehicles adding to the chaos on routes witnessing a jam.

    How it works
    Teledensity data will give the location of commuters using cell phones of different service providers. If there is a traffic jam at a particular spot, the teledensity data will show the surge in user locations at that spot. Mobile users in commercial establishments along the roads will be excluded from the data, which will ensure a true picture of the situation on the roads.

    "Using the teledensity data, it will be very easy to identify slow-moving traffic or the jamming prone spots," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Manoj Patil said. "While using this method, we will also ensure that erroneous information will not be fed into the system, and data about cell phone users in commercial establishments along the routes will be excluded during the process of analyzing."

    Patil said the teledensity data will complement other methods of identifying congestion.

    "Besides the teledensity method, there are several other ways to gather real-time traffic information. Using Global Positioning System on city buses to monitor their average speeds on different routes is one," Patil said. "Public participation and using the traffic control room of the Pune police are the other ways to get updates on traffic in the city."

    He added that once the teledensity data helped traffic planners get an idea about the traffic patterns of the city, it would be possible to immediately take corrective action for congestion spots.

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