DOST-funded technology can track traffic violators 24/7

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A group of researchers from the De La Salle University (DLSU) is developing a software that would help authorities to quickly and more efficiently identify traffic violators.

Called CATCH-ALL or Contactless Apprehension of Traffic Violators on a 24-Hour Basis and All-Vehicle Detection System, it is a software that can detect and track vehicles, recognize plate numbers, and profile vehicles. It can also detect several breaches such as number coding violation, beating the red light, and swerving.

According to Dr. Elmer P. Dadios, DLSU professor and project leader, CATCH-ALL is an automated system that catches violators without contact on a real-time basis through the cameras installed on the streets.

The closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are equipped with artificial intelligence software for real-time monitoring of traffic situation.

“Our ultimate goal is to allow CATCH-ALL to be tied up into the database of the Land Transportation Office. With this, we can come up finally with a no-contact apprehension and penalty sanctions to the violators,” Dr. Dadios explained.

The research and development of CATCH-ALL was funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) with a PhP 3.5 million grant.

The CATCH-ALL and many other new technologies will be on highlight during the celebration of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) that will run 17-21 July 2019 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

This year’s theme “Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development” underscores the role of science and technology in achieving the country’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs serve as blueprint in achieving a better and more sustainable future for all nations. SDGs address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The SDGs are interrelated and are aimed to be achieved by year 2030.

Exhibits, forums, and other activities in this year’s NSTW will focus on the local science community’s efforts and initiatives to address the SDGs. For more information on the 2019 NSTW, please log on to http://nstw.dost.gov.ph/or check out and like http://www.facebook.com/2019nstw/. (EZG, PPCI)

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