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After being delayed for over a year, the Goa intelligent city management system (GICMS) is getting ready to go live, with Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) issuing instructions to L&T to begin trials. The integrated command and control centre (ICCC) at Altinho, which has been set up as part of the Smart City Mission, will give authorities the ability to manage traffic in real time while also keeping a watch on crime and public amenities.

However, once implemented, GICMS will play the same role as the Beltech AI traffic management system at the Merces junction. This has raised questions about duplication, particularly since Beltech AI is run by Agastya Bellad, son of Karnataka BJP MLA Arvind Bellad. Murmurs within government corridors are asking why the transport department selected Beltech AI to manage traffic at the Merces junction when IPSCDL has also invested Rs 180 crore for a similar project. Under the Smart City Mission, IPSCDL has set up the ICCC at the information and technology department office at Altinho.

It has also installed 338 smart CCTV cameras which are AI-enabled, to issue e-challans to traffic offenders.

“Both the systems are the same. Beltech has its servers in Bengaluru but L&T has its control room at Altinho, where our police personnel will be deployed to monitor the cameras and verify challans that are issued by L&T’s AI system,” said asenior Goa police officer.

The cameras have been installed in Panaji, Porvorim, Merces, Ribandar-Chimbel junction, Dona Paula, and Taleigao.“The GICMS project is ready to go live in a week or so. We have just asked L&T to prepare to go live. We are just waiting to commission the project,” said a senior IPSCDL officer.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Newton Sequeira

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 23.03.2023

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