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Geneva, 5th April, 2012 For Immediate Release IRF on Facebook IRF on Twitter IRF on Linkedin
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IRF unveils RADaR, the intelligent solution for
road accident data management

picture1This year's Intertraffic Amsterdam exhibition saw a major new technology launch by the IRF Geneva Programme Centre and IRF India Chapter.

A unique event 'Celebrating Achievement' provided a high-profile backdrop for the unveiling of RADaR, a pioneering new tablet application developed to facilitate the on-site collection of precise and scientific accident data, primarily by traffic police.

Introducing the application to an international audience gathered in Intertraffic's inaugural 'Smart Mobility Centre' – dedicated to showcasing ITS developments that are 'crucial to making optimal use of our transport systems and improving our traffic management' – IRF Geneva's Director General, Sibylle Rupprecht, highlighted RADaR's 'immense potential for helping road authorities, traffic police, insurance firms and health authorities reduce both the rate of accidents and their impacts.'

picture3In developing RADaR, IRF's India Chapter worked from the basis that road crashes are multi factor events in both causes and outcomes. Existing accident data collection by traffic police tends not to adequately reflect the full picture regarding the causes of road accidents. The collection procedures on-site are often laborious, unreliable and insufficiently detailed. Crucially, there are currently few practical mechanisms in place to share the data with other key players like emergency services, insurance companies and road authorities.

More reliable and consistent data collection methodologies are urgently required to identify the causes of accidents with greater precision and thereby inform the design of countermeasures. 'This is where our new Road Accident Data Recorder (RADaR) comes in', explained Kiran K. Kapila, the Chairman of IRF Geneva. 'RADaR has been expressly designed to help the traffic police collect accident data in a more systematic and comprehensive manner using a hand-held tablet computer.'

picture2Certainly, the new application attracted keen interest throughout Intertraffic from the steady stream of visitors to the IRF Geneva stand, where Professor P.K. Sikdar, one of the main initiators of the project, was on hand to demonstrate RADaR's value to police and other authorities from throughout the world.

'The application can be loaded into any tablet using an Android operating system,' he explained; 'and data is recorded by means of user-friendly touch screen menus. RADaR offers a compact solution that can be conveniently carried on the police officer's belt, and the software enables the use of built in telephone, GPS, GPRS, Digital Still & Video Camera, e-mail, and sound recording facilities. In addition, standard details can be pre-entered, thereby saving time and enhancing efficiency as well as accuracy. The tablet even foresees the menu-driven recording of typical incident diagrams showing the given road layout and collision details.'

picture4Once recorded, the data can be downloaded onto a desktop or laptop at the Police Station, and the results viewed in Excel or any other common database format. The First Information Report (FIR) and other data relevant to the Police Department, emergency services and road authorities can be readily printed or shared immediately from the downloaded data.

Competitively priced, RADaR is supplied ready loaded into any make of tablet running the Android OS. Special terms and licenses are negotiable for bulk orders and the software can be easily adapted, in consultation with the relevant authorities, to correspond precisely with the specific conditions and procedures of the territory concerned. Registered users will be promptly informed by email as and when updates are available – with first year updates supplied free of charge.

More information, including a short film produced by the IRF India Chapter to introduce RADaR, is available on the dedicated page of the IRF Geneva website.

 
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