Last month, the Kerala government decided to install artificial intelligence cameras on national and state highways across the state as part of the Safe Kerala project. The main objective of this project was to reduce the number of road accidents and violations of law. After the cameras were installed, there was a trial period of over a month to ensure that people got used to them. AI cameras now start collecting fines from June 5, 2023 It seems AI cameras are doing their job effectively and people are afraid of them Kerala saw less violations on the first day after implementation of the cameras.
As part of this project, a total of 726 AI cameras were installed across the state. These cameras recorded a total of 38,520 violations from different parts of the state. Kollam district recorded the highest number of violations yesterday with 4,778 incidents, while Malappuram district recorded the lowest number of violations at 545. Note that 38,520 violations were recorded in the first 12 hours (8 am to 8 pm). . Thiruvananthapuram recorded 4,362 violations, Pathanamthitta recorded 1,177 violations, Kollam recorded 4,778 violations, Alappuzha recorded 1,288 violations, Kottayam recorded 2,194 violations, Idukki recorded 1,483 violations, Idukki recorded 1,483 violations. , 1,483 violations were recorded. 995 violations, Palakkad recorded 1,007 violations, Kozhikode recorded 1,550 violations, Wanad recorded 1,146 violations, Kannur recorded 2,437 violations and Kasargod recorded 1,040 violations.
Kerala Transport Minister Mr. Antony Raju told the media that traffic violations have reduced significantly in the state after the installation of AI cameras. It appears that most road users are concerned about receiving fines from AI cameras, and this is one of the reasons for the reduction in the number of violations. High-resolution surveillance cameras have been installed in various parts of the state and on national highways. The government has invested around Rs 232 crore in this project. However, there is some controversy surrounding the implementation of this project.
Violations recorded by the cameras are sent to a main data center located in Thiruvananthapuram. Sub-data centers have been set up in each district. The data center hub at Thiruvananthapuram receives data from all districts. After receiving the information, the images are sorted and depending on the location, they are forwarded to the respective areas. The camera automatically detects a certain number of violations and captures an image. It then sends the image to the headquarters, which sends it to the sub-data center where the invoice (quotation) is issued. Street cameras can capture high-quality images, even at night.
Currently, the camera can detect offenses like driving a two-wheeler without a helmet, carrying three people in a two-wheeler (even a child), using a mobile phone while driving, driving without a seat. belts, overspeeding, illegal parking, and traffic signal jumping, among others. Last month, we even saw parents riding scooters with their kids hiding between their legs to avoid AI cameras. Driving a two-wheeler without a helmet will be fined 50 rupees. 500, while carrying three persons in a two-wheeler will be fined Rs 1,000 for using a mobile phone while driving or riding a bike will attract a fine of Rs. 2,000, and driving