BlackBerry's "Traffic-i-cop" stops criminals in their tracks

Traffic-i-cop is the BlackBerry-developedsystem that helps city police search for stolen vehicles and traffic offenders.It was designed by a team of 30 developers, and won the award for 'Best InnovativeProject/Technological Application' from the Ministry of Urban Development atthe beginning of December.


It was first implemented in Pune city for13 months, and achieved wide positive feedback. Its very first success washelping to capture four people who beat up a bus driver and left him badlyinjured, after a dispute over the bus driver flashing his headlights. Theoffenders got out of their vehicle and proceeded to beat up the bus driver withiron rods, before fleeing the scene.

The bus driver immediately complained at anearby police station, and the police enter the car registration details intothe Traffic-i-cop system. It fed back the name and address of the owner of thecar. This allowed the police to arrest the offenders just 15 minutes after theincident occurred, a procedure which could have taken hours using old methods.

The Traffic-i-cop system is developedpurely for Blackberry, who released the BlackBerry 9790(nicknamed the BlackBerryBellagio) across India at the beginning of December. Traffic-i-cop'ssuccess means that it is set to be implemented in other cities like Ahmedabad,Chandigarh, Kolkata and Cochin. Since the traffic rule is a state issue, theapplication needs to be tweaked for each instance, and so the development is atvarious stages for each city. Following widespread interest, BlackBerry arealso in talks to extend the application to other cities in India.


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