“The app will give every citizen of this country an opportunity to become a virtual traffic police officer,” says Vandit Gandotra.
The 20-year-old pre-final year student of BITS Pilani, along with teammates Tanmay Sharma and Vasudev, recently presented the app – TrafficEye – at KPIT Sparkle 2017, an annual national design and development, innovation contest and won a silver prize.
“Our platform enables every citizen to report crime anonymously, just with the help of a camera phone,” says Vandit.
“Many times, we want to report a violation happening in front of us, but we don’t – either due to the unavailability of a traffic officer or to avoid getting into legal hassles. Our platform allows you to click a photo with the location and send it across to the nearest traffic police officer,” he explains.
Vandit, who is pursuing B.E. in Electrical & Electronics, and his team has made two apps – one for users to report the violation and one for officers to check the e-report. “We have used some APIs like Twilio, Firebase, GMaps, and a MySQL Database,” he says.
The idea for the app struck Vandit when one day he found a car parked right outside the gates of his house in Jammu. “The driver’s negligent behaviour got me thinking. People just park their cars outside others’ houses and block the way. I thought there are many like me who have faced similar problem and I decided to solve it in some way,” he says.
While the engineering student was thinking of an app that could help resolve parking woes, he realised that bigger issues like traffic violations and accidents need to be addressed first.
“This is how I came up with the idea for TrafficEye. Though it is in the prototype stage at present, it is almost good to use. I just want to test it in one city before reaching the authorities with a proposal to implement the same,” he says.
Explaining the working, Vandit says that users just need to click an image of the accident or violation they see, which will be automatically updated with their location and sent to the nearest traffic police official who can then follow the location.
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“It will work based on one’s location – the way these cab services do. But in this case, the users’ details will be completely anonymous – no sharing of phone number or name required,” he adds.
The engineering student, who has constantly been taking feedback from experts and retired police personnel, says it will be available free of cost for Android and iOS phones.
“The app will be useful in one more way. Once people start using it dedicatedly, authorities can actually analyse the kind of violations and accidents and work out ways to prevent the same,” he says.
“It will serve as an online record of all the violations. We can get data to understand the trends of violations. It will also help increase revenue of government initially, and build an environment of trust for the citizens and fear for the violators, as they will be under constant watch of TrafficEye,” he says.