Delhi traffic police to go tech-savvy with simputers

Delhi traffic policemen are getting tech-savvy soon with the introduction of the simputers in the city. Delhi traffic police is planning to purchase simputers, which is very useful for the field transactions by the traffic police officers for challans and other services related with smart card based driving license and vehicle registration certificate.

Simputer is a small handheld computer, intended to bring computing power to the masses of India and other developing countries. The word ‘Simputer’ is an acronym for ‘simple, inexpensive and multilingual people’s computer’. The Simputer Trust, a non-profit organisation had designed the device. A police official said that encouraged by the success story of Bangalore, Delhi Police has also initiated the move to introduce simputers. Around 100 Delhi policemen have already been trained about the use of simputers and the benefits of this gadget. Delhi police has already floated a tender for purchase of 100 simputers. This system would help track down drivers who have failed to pay fines and failed to respond to notices sent by post. It can be used to locate stolen vehicles and identify frequent offenders for imposition of enhanced penalties under Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act. Above all, simputers connected online to a databank, they can now track a motorist’s past record on the spot. With the introduction of simputers policemen instead of issuing handwritten traffic challans for various traffic violations will be able to issue on spot automated printed challans.