How Google Glass is Helping Traffic Cops Issue More Tickets

How Google Glass is Helping Traffic Cops Issue More Tickets

Traffic wardens are streamlining their work thanks to the wearable device

Mary Toves
  • 5 april 2016

Look out, Robocop. Here come the Tampere traffic wardens.

Thanks to Google Glass, traffic wardens in the small Finland suburb of Tampere are automating parts of their daily workload. Developers at Tampere-based software firm Vincit have built an app that lets wardens quickly scan cars and print tickets when necessary.

To achieve this, the traffic warden puts on his or her Google Glass device and scans the parking lot. When focusing in on a car’s registration number, the software in the device lets the warden know whether the car has paid to park or whether it has over-stayed its welcome.

Impressively, all of this happens within a matter of a few seconds. The software calls an EasyPark mobile system database and, if the driver hasn’t paid, the warden checks the meter to make sure the offender is in violation of their parking responsibilities. If they have parked and not paid, or if time has expired, the warden issues a ticket.

“The ergonomics have definitely improved and that makes our work quicker, when physical work is easier and the number of mistakes is lower,” said Mikko Huikko, one of the wardens of the town, to Yle.

Thanks to this system, traffic wardens can now check hundreds of cars in an hour, and up to 600 cars in an hour and a half, saving wardens nearly a quarter of the time it used to take with the old equipment.

Other cities in Finland are looking to adopt the technology after its trial run in Tampere, and more interest has been expressed by cities in Australia and Stockholm. But for Pihlajamäki this is just the beginning, stating that drones could be the next step for parking ticket automation.

YLE | Vincit

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