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State to use MAAP for reducing road accidents

Rasheed Kappan

Software will help authorities concerned to accurately plan, implement and monitor road safety improvements


  • Software to benefit State police and PWD
  • Features cluster and stick diagram analyses of accidents, casualties and vehicles
  • Data on highways, hospitals, police stations, trauma care centres will be digitized
  • System to help review and finalise police accident investigation procedures


    BANGALORE: In a year's time, Karnataka will have the country's first Microcomputer Accident Analysis Package (MAAP), a state-of-the-art software solution designed to help reduce accident fatalities on State highways by about 30 per cent.

    The software will be incorporated in the Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project (KSHIP), benefiting both the State police and the Karnataka Public Works Department.

    Designed for accident data storage and analysis, MAAP will help the two State departments to accurately plan, implement and monitor road safety improvements.

    Developed by the U.K.-based Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), MAAP is brought to India by Doxport Software Private Limited, a subsidiary of the Malaysia-based Doxport Technologies. The firm bagged the contract from the State Government in April this year, sources told The Hindu .

    MAAP features cluster and stick diagram analyses of accidents, casualties and vehicles.

    Accidents are also displayed and analysed by location, by use of scanned or vector maps of the area concerned using Geographical Information System (GIS).

    The package's Windows version shows data in three tables: Attendant Circumstances; Vehicle Details and Casualty Details, with the option of adding tables on Property Damage and Witness Statement. For the State Police, the Windows version in English will be converted to Kannada.

    MAAP will use GIS to digitise the data on the location of the State and national highways, district roads, hospitals, police stations, trauma care centres, first aid posts and police outposts.

    GIS is a computer system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information (data identified) according to their locations.

    Karnataka Police will share the existing GIS data with the Public Works Department and the same will be interfaced to the MAAP software.

    The proposed system will combine Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers (the 12-channel NAV2300R) to get the location and severity data of accidents.

    The system intelligently routes this information, to the nearest district police offices (DPO), from where the data is referred to GIS for further processing.

    Developed in the early 1980s by TRL, MAAP is currently in use by governments and police forces in more than 25 countries.

    MAAP is designed to help the review and finalisation of police accident investigation procedures.

    This will include recommendations for streamlining procedures for court cases. The package requires the amendment of procedures to ensure compulsory filling-in of the new forms by the investigating officer, and the acceptability of the form and computer data, as evidence in the courts.

    The package calls for training of traffic police in investigation of accidents with MAAP; identification and establishment of a data management and quality control system for the police; follow up of missing forms or missing data, organisation of files and general quality control of the data to be entered into the system.

    Training will also be required in coding, data entry and analysis (operators) and system management (administrator); computer systems, hand held GPS and software licenses purchased; the system installed and tested at the police sites; database structures built besides digitised map integration and maintenance and support for the system.

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