The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has developed 'WiTraC,' India's first wireless road traffic controller technology that runs on solar power. The system will help monitor and regulate traffic conditions.
'WiTraC' has been designed for pole mounting and does not require digging of roads. The installations run on solar panels that give 72 hours of power backup and is very efficient. The cost of development of the system is approx Rs.14.75 crore and has been handed over to private players for production by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.
WiTraC system takes ownership of the signal lamps through wireless signals. It is capable of operating independently as well as a part of synchronized chain of controllers. The system also allows remote monitoring and management of signal plans, GPS / Server based distributed time sync and has a pole mountable miniature architecture. It also has a provision for a camera to monitor traffic conditions. The camera itself can be monitored from a centralized control room.
WiTraC has been developed under Intelligent Transportation System Endeavour (InTranSe) and has been designed specially for Indian cities & traffic conditions. The project been funded by the Department of Electronics & IT (DEITY) and Ministry Of Communications & IT of India. According to experts, the indigenous system has been developed at one-third the price of an imported system.
Trafitronics - the company responsible for marketing of the unit has already installed the system in Pune and it is expected to be launched pan India soon.
Source: Business Standard