The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will test a new Contactless Apprehension of Traffic Violators on a 24-Hour Basis and All-Vehicle Detection System (CATCH-ALL) against traffic violators on EDSA starting next month.
The CATCH-ALL system was developed by engineers and students of the De La Salle University (DLSU) using a PhP 4-million grant from the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).
"The system will be implemented in the whole stretch of EDSA for pilot testing next month," said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.
Catch-All uses artificial intelligence (AI) to not just spot motorists committing different traffic violations, but also aims to deter incidents of bribery or extortion by MMDA traffic enforcers.
"EDSA is the busiest major thoroughfare along the Metro so we want to increase the mobility there with the help of the CATCH-ALL technology," the MMDA chief added.
An outdoor LED screen 24-hour notification system will also be put up to display traffic violation information system (which includes car profile, plate number, violation, date and time of violation) for a more transparent apprehension.
"With the CATCH-ALL technology, we can easily identify erring motorists in real time without obstruction of traffic flow but still ensures that the violators are still being caught and penalized," Lim stressed.
No contact apprehension was implemented by MMDA through Metro Manila Council Resolution No. 16-01 Series of 2016, to apprehend moving violations such as loading/unloading in prohibited zone, disregarding traffic sign, reckless driving, among others.