National Highway & Motorway Police (NH & MP) and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on February 14, 2018. Through the MoU, which was signed between Kamran Adil, SSP NH & MP and Vice Chancellor LUMS, Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, NH & MP will collaborate with LUMS to explore opportunities of research and development with Dr. Zubair Khalid, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Co-Director, Smart Data, Systems and Applications (SDSA) Lab, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, LUMS.
Both stakeholders will work in collaboration for the development of an application and systems to facilitate road users on national motorways and highways and improve the technology for law enforcement on them.
Dr. Naqvi expressed his delight at being a part of the project and said that he sees it as a technology gateway into LUMS. “Technology can present many solutions for the issues we face in Pakistan. We are very excited and privileged that NH & MP has chosen to collaborate with us. You can expect international standards and delivery on quality that is the best in the world,” said Dr. Naqvi.
Sharing his views, SSP Kamran Adil said, “I would especially like to thank Dr. Zubair Khalid because he is the one who took the burden of taking this initiative. He reached out to us and together we identified the requirements and started off on a small scale. The motorway is expanding rapidly with CPEC so it is a challenge to provide quality services. We look forward to working with LUMS on a number of projects in the future namely road safety, developing education material for all segments of society, collaborations in training projects, legal framework and HR aspects. We believe there is great potential in this collaboration and this is only a starting point. We have had an overwhelming response with this application and we look forward to working with LUMS.”
During the ceremony, the mobile application, NH & MP Rahbar, developed by LUMS in collaboration with NH & MP, was also launched. This application will facilitate commuters on national motorways and enable them to seek efficient assistance from NH & MP through Live Chat, Roadside Assistance, Travel Alerts and Traffic Advisory features of the application.
The NH & MP, regarded as one of the best national institutions serving road users across Pakistan, is committed to ensuring a safe and secure driving environment on the national motorways and highways and serving commuters by providing them with prompt assistance. The primary objectives of the NH & MP include regulating and controlling traffic on motorways and highways, enforcement of traffic rules, providing roadside assistance to the commuters and educating road users on road safety.