The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Police plan to deploy five drones to monitor traffic during the Islamic holiday of Idul Fitri.
Jakarta traffic police chief Sr. Comr. Risyapudin said on Tuesday that drones were more effective for monitoring because heavy holiday traffic would limit monitoring on the ground.
'We're using drones because the traffic will be very heavy, so it'll be harder for us to get around,' Risyapudin said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
Risyapudin added that the police planned to deploy the drones to monitor traffic heading to the eastern parts of Java and to Merak port in Banten, routes normally congested with people heading to their home regions to celebrate the holiday.
The police, he said, would work with private parties, including TV stations, in the procurement of the technology.
As well as monitoring congested areas, the drones would also be used to predict traffic hot spots, he said. (ika)(+++)