In a pioneering effort towards leveraging smart technologies for enhanced road safety, the Zaman Research Centre at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) is currently in the process of designing a revolutionary smart licensing model for the federal capital. Prof Dr Mohammad Zaman, the founding chairman of the School of Sociology at QAU, spearheads this initiative, aiming to integrate advanced technologies to mitigate road crashes and bolster smart surveillance capabilities.
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According to a press release from the Zaman Research Centre, the smart licensing model incorporates several key features that are set to transform the landscape of road safety in Islamabad. These features include the verification of driving licenses, identification of vehicle ownership, on-spot detection of traffic violations, and immediate notification of penalties.
The licensing system is designed to be seamlessly integrated with key government databases, including Nadra, the Federal Board of Revenue, and Safe City initiatives. This integration ensures a comprehensive and real-time approach to managing traffic-related data.
Dr Rabeeh Abbasi, Chairman of the Computer Science Department at QAU, is overseeing the development of this groundbreaking application. The research team, led by Prof Zaman, is currently working on integrating cutting-edge technologies to ensure the effectiveness of the smart licensing model.
Prof Zaman emphasized that the implementation of this licensing system has the potential to significantly reduce road crashes and, consequently, save precious lives. The innovative approach aligns with a broader initiative led by Prof Zaman, who is currently leading a consortium of researchers from QAU, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Nust, Lums, and Ibadat University.
The consortium aims to establish a comprehensive system for ensuring road safety in Islamabad. The envisioned system encompasses mass transit, smart parking solutions, licensing protocols, and advanced road management strategies.
This initiative is part of a larger mega project sponsored by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), focusing on providing innovative solutions to pertinent issues. Prof Zaman highlighted that while resources are available, bureaucratic bottlenecks pose a significant challenge in optimizing their utilization. The research team remains dedicated to overcoming these obstacles to implement a robust and technologically advanced system that enhances road safety in the federal capital.