In March 2017, Delhi Police announced the launch of an app that will ensure safety of women commuters. The announcement was made during the ‘Safer and Convenient Taxi Operations in India’. The event was organised by Institute of Road Traffic Education and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
The Delhi Police Women Safety Initiative
Public transport vehicles like cabs and autorickshaws will bear a QR Code sticker. This sticker will encode the driver’s information such as:
- Vehicle registration number
Besides this, the vehicle will also contain a GPS tracker.
On boarding a vehicle, the commuter will have to scan the QR Code using the app. Once scanned, the commuter can view the driver’s details. The GPS will allow the police to track the entire journey of the vehicle.
The Delhi Police has also set up a special control room to track these vehicles.
“We are planning to hold discussions with the stakeholders, including the Delhi Government and Delhi Metro, to try this app around Delhi University.” – Sanjay Baniwal, Special Commissioner, Modernisation and Women Safety, Delhi Police.
Earlier in 2015, the Delhi Police had launched the Himmat app to ensure women safety. Some of the features of the app included:
- SMS alerts to family and friends
- Video recording
- Call back from the Police Control Room
The Himmat app is now set for a revamp. The Delhi Police believe that the QR Code app will give the Himmat app a boost.
The testing phase of the QR Code app is in the second quarter of 2017. The app will be available on the Google Playstore.
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