The district police has equipped the Highway Patrol (HWP) vehicles with Global Positioning System (GPS) for effective policing along the stretch of the 568-km State Highways (SH) and National Highways (NH).
The real-time monitoring facility of the HWPs, fitted with GPS devices, is intended to reduce the response time to any emergency on the highways.
The department accomplished the task of installing the vehicle-tracking device, in all the 14 HWP vehicles, with the assistance from the VIT University on Friday. The cost of the each of the device is around `12,000.
The police officers in the control room in the district police office keep constant watch over the movement of 14 HWP vehicles.
The wireless online network system, coupled with specific software, will generate accurate data - speed of the vehicle, location, distance covered in their respective beat- of each of the vehicles that are numbered from one to 14, as per the route.
“It will help us strategically position the vehicles. We will able to divert the patrol vehicles in close range to an accident spot or crime scene within a minute of receiving information to help the victims,” the Superintendent of Police of Vellore P Vijayakumar told Express.
The symbol of the HWPs, seen on the monitor, will automatically turn green, if it is moving. Similarly, it will turn yellow when the vehicle is stationed and the ignition is on. In case the vehicle ignition is turned off, the symbol will turn blue.
“The GPS device is fitted with an ignition key. It cannot be tampered with as it is a sealed chamber and tucked near the engine. If they deviate from their respective route, we will get an alert message on a mobile phone and an e-mail. It will also flash on the screen,” said a police officer in the control room.
Police officers from the rank of Inspector can check the current location and status of the vehicles in their smart phone itself, as they have been provided with the log-in and password to access the network, said the Superintendent of Police.
With the help of the GPS, the department has also created geographical coordinates for each ATM, banks, important junctions and public places. “It will help to check whether the patrol vehicle inspected the specific place. It is like an online logbook of the patrol vehicle beat,” he added.
“We will also use the GPS-fitted patrol vehicle to mark the longitude and latitude of fatal accidents, to come up with scientific methods to reduce accidents. It will also be effectively used in crime prevention in the coming days,” added the Superintendent of Police P Vijayakumar.