Friday, January 23, 2009

Smart electronic displays for traffic management in India

We have seen Indian cities having exceeding growth than the available/affordable infrastructure. The more we build, the more is the demand. You see traffic problem, you build flyover roads and\or wide roads, just to find that after couple of years, it reaches saturation and we see lengthy traffic queues and problems. Other side effect is that too much of pollution and fuel utilization.

While the existing traffic signal mechanisms look sufficient, I thought we can create a better infrastructure, where in a commuter doesn't too look around dedicated for a possible traffic signal and its color. Lives are becoming busy and those tiny bulbs may not get enough attention all the time. I feel we have to have a better traffic signal display mechanism. probably an electronic display with 50 inch(height) row, spawning the width of the road could be a wonderful idea. We can display not just that RED/AMBER/GREEN bulb, but can show them text "STOP/PROCEED/SLOW" etc. When there is a "STOP" Signal, we can show updates on locally interesting items like the following.

  • Traffic conditions
  • Dynamic speed limits
  • S market
  • Weather report
  • Advertisements
  • Local happenings/events
  • Traffic alternatives/suggestions
  • Similar items

I captured some of the existing smart displays here. I am looking at a far better solution which is self sustaining (through the means of advertisements etc)

Data display seems to lead the smart display market.

In case if you have ideas/inputs on how we can build a cost effective, Eco friendly, robust traffic management system, please do share with me. you can send me mail. my mail id is the {subdomain}, please replace the subdomain with "harinathreddy"

Also please share with me, if it is possible to have LED based multi color display (need not be on part with LCD) 50 inch height,and 40 feet length and if yes, what is will be the rough estimate for the same?


Friday, January 09, 2009

Shashirekha parinayam - film review

Saw this movie, "Shashirekha parinayam" at prasads. A typical telugu movie with road side romance and love. This movie is not that interesting as the title. It is about a a girl who runs away from home on her marriage day (surprisingly, she is the last person to know about her marriage and that too on the last day, far off from today's realities, where people go around and spend time together in shopping etc even in arranged marriages). Incidentally it is Tarun (supposed to be the groom of the marriage, herion was trying to run away) who follows her journey from Amalapuram till Dilsukh nagar (I guess the distination, because we get fruitmarket, vegetable market in the last fight, suspect it to be kothapet market, then hospital climax, could be DSNR).

With a little halt in Bejawada, and couple of dances near Nagarjuna sagar (yes, the places are familar to me, Ethipothala and the Nagarjuna sagar Dam. I studied in Sagar for 3 years in APRDC).
heroin and hero reach hyderabad, with no particular purpose but landup realizing that they are the bride and groom for the cancelled marriage. Typical reunion of the families.

There is nothing much new in the movie. Genelia is not that nice as she was in "Bommarillu".

Movie was like an extended advt for CMR or some other cloth/jewellery showroom(Infact hero,heroin spend around 10 minutes of movie time in Manya shopping mall, vijayawada) you can rate around 2, 2.5 on the scale of 5. Not worth spending few valuable hours in costly cenema halls, that too in the present market conditions.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Shame Shame, No Petrol

India is going through a surprise shock. More than 50% of the petrol bunks are running dry. I saw at least half a Kilo meter traffic JAM at Lakdikapool HP petrol bunk, similar stuff at Shell petrol pump on Rajbhavan road. What about remaining pumps on the way? there is a black rope tied end to end, representing "OUT OF FUEL".

If the Situation continues,Indian cities will be pollution free and traffic police can sit at home watching TV, because there will be no more fuel for any type of vehicles.

It is really shame on the government, they must haven't let things go out of control. Really shame shame!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Hope and coordination Helps Pakistan and India

At last "kasab" is confirmed as pakistani. But what next? should we attack Pakistan and ruin it or keep blaming it? We must see Pakistan as a very critical neighbour in very critical condition. It is time Indian government show more hope and try coordinating with Pakistan some more time. May be a visit of Mr. Singh to Pakistan and meeting the Pakistan high political and military heads help resolve many issues.

World must acknowledge that They created Pakistan,and it has grown to such a condition where it has become more dangerous than any nuclear bombs that exists in this world. Its political system is very weak. I seriously doubt if their military arms are in control by their heads.

Mumbai attacks might have had serious support from inside people,but may be on their personal account. There might not be a state support, there may be also.

A war will lead us no where. It is like two families fighting each other. Winning condition is always that "No one should lost". A very difficult condition, but it is true. Both these countries are highly populated and any step towards war will leave many dead and wounded and that is NO GOOD for any country.

Probably India should be more clever. Put its people across Pakistan, help Pakistan grow as a stable country and its political leadership. Grow some good thoughts in their minds and get them good visibility in the world. "Make it your partner, not enemy"

India could help Pakistan by providing required help to meet their power,fuel requirements and other commodities. Treat Pakistan a union of Indian states and then you start providing them more help.

Humanity should win. Terrorism is like cancer, we must have treatment, but not kill the patient.

Let satyam be saved

Today's revelation by Mr. Ramalinga Raju, Satyam Chairman, about the inflation in the financial statements of the company are very much shocking.

He must be going through very difficult times, at least for the last few months. As he mentioned, it is really difficult to manage the "tiger ride". He might be honest and was trying to bring normalcy in the company affairs. Also it could be possible that he is saving real culprits.
Raju's statement says it all. an excerpt.

"Every attempt made to eliminate the gap failed. As the promoters held a small percentage of equity, the concern was that poor performance would result in a take-over, thereby exposing the gap. It was like riding a tiger, not knowing how to get off without being eaten."

It is time, Government should come forward and protect the interests of the stake holders,employees, customers. We cannot just blame and kill Satyam.This world class company must make a come back. Every one who have a chance to make this happen, should provide all the support and let the "come back" happen

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Democracy, Governement, Bureaucracy and Elections

The way Government and its Ministers make promises in India really surprises me. India is not yet fully democratic. Part of what is present is not truly democratic. Son becomes ruler after father, Wife becomes party president or minister if father dies or goes to jail. Leaders are big liers. They promise heaven to keep people happy, but they do not know basic work flow of how money comes and goes. I am not saying everyone is like this,but most of them are!.

Ministers do not have enough details on whether they can actually commit something to people, whether the budget allows new promises. But they know only one thing, they need to keep people or a particular sect happy, so they go on promising.

Governments are like white elephants. They are very costly in India. Not the 100% of the budget goes into public service. Our elections are costly affairs. All the parties need lot of funding. Ever wondered why this time the wine shop licenses got lot of money to Exchequer?(in the state of Andhra pradesh) Because this time we have elections. All of sudden, We see new roads (in Greater Hyderabad), probably this is to fund the present government and its leaders for the summer elections.

Well, well, well, everyone talks of this. What is there to a common man? Have you ever applied for a water connection? electricity connection? a ration card or a voter id card?

You name the service, the end user experiences are not pleasant. An year back I wanted to get a water connection, went to water board office in Rajendra nagar. They gave me a "Form" but said we need to submit the filled in form in Khairatabad. yes I did that after struggling to identify where that office is, took few months of serious follow up with various people, Satyanarayana and Mr. Laxman Rao (Water board Rajendra nagar Manager), Finally I got the approval. They are supposed to send their workers to provide me the connection. It never happened. So I went ahead and got it done.

Why this story?, Last week I visited the same office (they got new building) for a water connection again (for my neighbour), this time the answer is "Form" is not available.

Well, The "Form" is not in TELUGU, but it is in "ENGLISH", I wonder how many can really read and fill in the "Form".

But for those who are little scared of this complex process, Please talk to Mr. Satyanarayana or someone in that office informally (pay them a thousand or something extra) and you get the connection without any problem.

Ever tried to apply an electricity connection?, everyone scared me about it and they told me to contact one JLM (Mr. Fakruddin), He took little over 3000/- for a new meter installation (in 2007 august).
Few months back while fighting for something with APCPDCL (about not issuing proper bill for new meter connections), I found that actual cost is just 1300/- or so and it is a simple process (Go to APCPDCL customer care center and there will be some one to help you on this). But it takes 2 weeks or so (standard time).

Again there is a problem with "Form", its in "ENGLISH". How many people can really fill in English? I do not think we really have a choice here.

In 2007, when I was in Scotland, I saw some booklets "Know your government" or something, having Urdu translation as well, Because there are many Muslims from south Asian countries.

Do we really care for "What a common man needs?" Surprisingly not many of us know "What is needed", not the governments, not the opposition parties, and not even by those NGOs.

Regarding the ACB rides(Anti corruption bureau) rides, and finding some big fishes (senior bureaucrats involved in corruption), everyone is shouting on this, but Is there any proper "Root cause analysis happening on this?" Not really.

Government (of Andhra pradesh) is fully on shopping spree, they want to sell every acre of government (including the land of poor people), and then build some big concrete jungles (Lift irrigation schemes), irrespective of whether we really are going to have enough power to run this plants (Everyone knows about the power problems we are facing, all the villages in the state get only few hours of power supply daily).

Government want to release as much money as it can, borrow as much as it can,and fund their party workers to grow rich. You know "Congress is fat and smiling".

When you spend like hell, isn't it your responsibility to have a proper analysis, execution, auditing etc? Even properly planned and executed projects find lot of issues. When you do not plan anything and go on spending, well people will try to get benefit of the situation. Bureaucrats will earn "CRORES" of rupees and properties for doing favours to contractors.

Is it only problem with bureaucrats? No not really. Bureaucracy represents "Government". I strongly believe they are like "Mirror image" for government.

Whether we agree or not "Money, Power, Wine and Women" rule us irrespective of whether it is medieval times or modern era.

Irony is that, we are in democratic country but do not have to choice to choose our future.Wether we vote or not, some one will win and rule us.

Probably we need to bring awareness in people about 49-O. read more about more about 49-O rule here

I re-print 49-O here.

49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his

electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters

in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as

required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his

vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in

Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb

impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.

Isn't it time that we say "No" to everyone? let there be elections multiple times, let every political leader become poor because they end up spending all their earnings? May be we need to evolve mechanism to conduct elections with "Least cost" possible so that it doesnt cost much to conduct elections time and again.

Let there be elections as many times required, till it proves that all these afluent political leaders run out money.

Well, for me a "Fair Election" is the one, where individuals vote based on their personal understanding about the candidates, not by the money, sarees or the wine provided by these candidates.

On the side note, I think it will be a wonderful idea to impose "Prohibition of wine shops and supplies" for at least 3 weeks before the elections and 1 week after the elections.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Into another new year

Hmm, days and months passed by and the year 2008 is over. Another year with lots of changes, activities.

Jan 1st, I have celebrated at Darul shifa govt blind school (behind salajung museum) along with TMAD group.

Couple of snaps:

more snaps at

We spent time interacting with the students, understanding their ambitions, requirements and exploring their talent etc. It was nice to be there on January 1st. It gave a scope to understand a different angle of the life.

During the interaction, best answer I can remember is (question is "what do you do you want to become in your life?")," I will go home and play with my neighbouring kids". This is what a 1st grade student can think of about his life :-). Murali was right in saying, "don't worry much about your aim and all, there is still time for it. But then those who want to make difference in his/her life and the future of the world, an early ambition is always good (provided we work on it without forgetting).

Thanks Satyakrishna for all your initiative for this trip.