Traffic cops to use Blackberry to book violations

Karnataka traffic police has taken a big step forward to going green.

Updated: Aug 04, 2012, 19:00 PM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka traffic police has taken a big step forward to going green, becoming paperless on Saturday with senior personnel now using Blackberry devices to book motorists for traffic violations across Karnataka.

As many as 250 traffic officers of the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspectors, Police Sub-Inspectors and Police Inspectors across the state will start using Blackberry for traffic enforcement, according to officials of Bharti Airtel which is providing Blackberry devices with Airtel services to them.

Paper challans and police notice books will be phased out and replaced by Bluetooth enabled printers and database located at state data centre. The main objective is to reduce the use of paper-work and paper itself, the officials said.

They said the system -- using Blackberry devices -- has been well-received in Bangalore and was now extended to the rest of the state.

Bharti Airtel provides solutions for supply and maintenance of Blackberry devices with Airtel service and thermal printers with accessories for the Karnataka police.

"It is a proud moment as Karnataka will be the first state in the country which will go paperless with real time monitoring of traffic enforcement," said Rohit Malhotra, Bharti Airtel CEO, Karnataka Circle.