The Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) has come out with a number of policies and initiatives to boost the electronic hardware manufacturing in the country. It has been a sustained endeavor of the department to take up R&D through its own societies as also academic institutions and R&D laboratories to develop technologies, which could be transferred to domestic companies at affordable cost for commercialization.
In one such initiative, the department has looked into the need for development of appropriate technology to address the area of traffic control system in corridors in medium and large cities. Accordingly in October, 2009 a collaborative research program to develop indigenous intelligent transport system technology suitable for Indian conditions was taken up through CDAC, with an outlay of Rs.14.75 crore. Through a systematic development phase CDAC developed the vehicle actuated Wireless Traffic Control System powered by solar panels. This state-of-the-art technology in the area of Traffic Control System meets IEC 60068 standard and is certified by Electronic Regional Testing Laboratory. WiTraC supports 868MHz (licensed), 5.8 GHz (unlicensed) wireless and wired Control Area Network (CAN) communication protocol for signal time switching apart from 2.4 GHz (unlicensed) ISM Band. It is power efficient and the installations run on solar panel designed with 72 hrs power backup. WiTraC has been designed for pole mounting and does not require digging or ducting of roads.
Today, Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice, handed over the WiTraC technology developed by CDAC. Technology partners identified for the ToT are – M/s Shakti Enterprise Pvt. Ltd, Jaipur; M/s Onnyx Electronics, Delhi; M/s Envoys Electronics, Gurgaon; Electro-Ads, Indore; DIMTS, Delhi; and Metro Infrasys, Delhi.