Nagpur Rural police get GPS-based vehicle tracking system

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Nagpur, Jun 22 (UNI) Nagpur District (Rural) Police have become the first rural police unit in the country to install a Global Positioning System (GPS)-based vehicle tracking system.

GPS-based vehicle tracking devices (VTD's) have been installed on ten vehicles of the force as a pilot project, and would be installed on all the vehicles within the next few weeks, Nagpur District (Rural) Superintendent of Police (SP) Yashwaswi Yadav told UNI.

''We have, thus, become the first unit in Maharashtra after Mumbai, and the first rural police unit in the country, to get such a system,'' he said.

The exact location, direction of travel and speed of every moving unit, which was fitted with a VTD, could be traced on a map, with the help of GPS signals and the Internet, Mr Yadav said. The system could logged the movement of each vehicle every minute, and could store the record for up to one year, he said.

Besides, the occupants of a vehicle could send a distress signal to the control room in case of an emergency, the SP said, adding that the system would help the force reduce its response time and increase transparency.

Mr Yadav said the first lot of ten VTD's had been given free of cost by the owner of a private sector company who wished to remain anonymous. A proposal would be sent to the State government to get the devices installed on all the 74 vehicles, including 42 patrol vehicles, of the force, he added.

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