New ‘Device’ Created by Students Could Give Police Traffic Light Control
Students at CMR Institute of Technology have developed a prototype of a handheld device (in pic) that can be used by the police to wirelessly control traffic lights.
The device has not yet been demonstrated to the traffic police as it is getting final touches. It will be soon tested at a traffic junction.
“The wireless traffic control device was originally developed by our seniors, but we have fine-tuned it and will hopefully put it to full use soon,” said Aishwarya C, a third-year ECE?student who is part of a six-member team that has worked on improving the device.
Regular traffic lights are controlled by means of a switchboard that requires policemen to be near it. “But by providing a wireless handheld device, the policeman can control the traffic lights even from far away,” said Aishwarya.
The remote control device has all the features of a traffic switchboard and more. It has a password to access the remote device, an automatic and manual control for traffic lights, range detector which automatically switches control to automatic mode when the policeman goes out of range.
The remote is most useful during emergency.?For example, when a policeman wants to make way for an ambulance stuck in traffic, the remote will make the job simpler and faster, said Aishwarya. Though it is only a working prototype, more features can be added to it.
Mohammed M A, inspector, Electronics City traffic police station, is all for the remote control device. “A?traffic policeman has to attend to a number of emergencies away from his booth like cars parked illegally on the footpath, while the signal switches are located at the traffic booth. In such cases, he has to control traffic and also attend to such duties. The hand-held device will help in such situations,” he said.