In an attempt to go paperless, the traffic police officers in Bangalore India are now issuing tickets straight from their BlackBerry. The initial pilot program in Bangalore has been so successful that the whole region is now switching to this new paperless system. ”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.
This is definitely a very cool way to reduce the amount of paper that is being used by the police, as well as promoting the multitude of uses that BlackBerry provides. This is yet another example of how well RIM and BlackBerry are doing outside of North America, and hopefully we will continue to see uses such as this one around the world.