Delhi Police blamed for not having Intelligent Traffic Systems

May 29, 2013


While all world class cities possess Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) and their police have state-of-the-art video surveillance systems in place, which as in the case of the recent Deepak Bhardwaj murder would have made the escape of the assassins difficult, in Delhi installation or continuation of such advanced systems has got stalled due to the conduct of the Delhi Police itself, an audit report has noted.

In its latest report tabled in the Assembly on Tuesday, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India said ITS was introduced keeping in view the tremendous increase in traffic during the Commonwealth Games to establish state-of-the-art traffic management centres.

The CAG said neither did the Delhi Police, as per the Manual of Policies and Procedures of Employment of Consultants, constitute a Consultancy Evaluation Committee, which is required to carry out the consultant selection procedure for projects costing over Rs.10 lakh, nor did it constitute a Consultancy Monitoring Committee (CMC) to monitor the progress of the assignment and assess the quality of deliverables.

Rather, the Delhi Police directly appointed RITES as a consultant after seeking approval of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. This was done in 2009 for pre-investment activity and this led to delays in finalisation and inviting tenders and deficiencies in tender document.

“The Delhi Police appointed the consultant in February 2009, however, it invited tender in March 2010 for Cyber Highway i.e., after 13 months and again in July 2011. However it could not award the work due to non-response in the first tender process and scrapping of tender due to deficiencies,’’ the report observed. So it said, “ITS could not be implemented during 11 Plan even after incurring expenditure of Rs.7.50 crore. Thus Delhi Police by not following the manual, could not ensure due planning and diligence in appointment of the consultant and implementation of ITS resulting in non-implementation of the project and unfruitful expenditure of Rs.7.50 crore.’’ The CAG also found the reply of the Delhi Police in the matter “not acceptable’’ on the ground that the consultant was appointed on nomination basis’’ and the Purchase Committee on whose recommendation the tender was scrapped was not a CMC which would monitor the performance of the consultant.

In the case of the “City Video Surveillance System’’, which was one of the plan schemes of the Delhi Police during the 10 Plan and was undertaken to counter the “ill-designs of terrorists, control of crime, strengthening and upgrading the existing VVIP security apparatus and better traffic management,’’ the CAG noted that there was underutilisation of funds.


Delhi choked by its car mania

May 8, 2013

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 08, 2013
Frequent fights with neighbours over parking under that tree, constant haggling with parking attendants over a better spot and poor traffic situation has not deterred Delhiites from buying car after car or travelling in their newest hot wheels to buy milk from the nearby booth.

Every day, 1,400 new vehicles hit the roads. And their number is rising at 7-8% every year.

Going by these troubling statistics, experts say making driving and parking cars heavy on pockets is the only way out. “Auto suppression is one of the pillars of a good transport policy. Limit parking space, ration the automobile, tax driving to encourage people to use public transport,” said Mark Gorton, a New York-based transport expert and founder of Rethink the Auto.

Several cities across the globe – Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai in Asia, Oslo and London in Europe, New York in North America and Bogota in South America – have adopted measures such as congestion pricing, heavy tax and limited permits for new cars and strict parking policies. And the results have been more than encouraging.

According to ‘Megacity Challenges’, a research project conducted by international consultants GlobeScan and MRC McLean Hazel, congestion went down by nearly 30% in London and Stockholm due to congestion pricing. There has been a reduction of 10-20% in fuel emissions and road accidents. Annual vehicle growth in Singapore is just about 0.5%.

In its report submitted earlier this year, the High Court-appointed special task force on traffic too suggested levying congestion pricing in central business districts such as CP, Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk, Nehru Place and South Extension. Interestingly, Delhiites too responded positively when the task force invited objections and suggestions on the issue.

“The urban development ministry too has asked every state to levy congestion tax in business districts. But the political bosses are least interested. Their suggestions are pro-automobile – widen roads, build flyovers,” said a senior Delhi government official.

This is exactly what experts caution against though they believe that unless Delhi has a sustainable transport system, such measures should be avoided. “The government should start preparing a robust integrated walking, non-motorised transport and public transport system while developing a congestion pricing policy. Prepare the people for the new arrangement in the next 5-10 years,” said Nalin Sinha, a transport expert.

The task force has also proposed levying parking charges on vehicles parked in residential colonies. “Land is a premium commodity and people cannot use it for free. A little hike in parking charges won’t deter them,” said Ashok Bhattacharya, director Unified Traffic and Transportation (Planning and Engineering) Centre.



Only 24% of towns and cities have master plans!- -Venugopal Pillai

April 22, 2013

R Ramanan

— R. Ramanan, Managing Director & CEO, CMC Ltd

CMC, a Tata Enterprise, recently diversified into intelligent transport systems.R. Ramanan gives Venugopal Pillai keen insights into how only such systems can provide a lasting solution to India’s urban transportation worries. Ramanan explains that by 2030, India will have 60 cities each with millionplus population, seriously straining our transport infrastructure.

Tell us about the rationale behind CMC’s foray into intelligent transport systems. 

CMC has always been a leader and trendsetter in the IT & Technology space, and has been tapping newer opportunities that can make lives better and smarter.

Public transport currently accounts for 22 per cent of urban transportation in India, which is way below the basic service standard of 50 per cent and the global benchmark of 82 per cent. Of the 85 cities that have population of more than half a million, only 20 have city bus services. All these factors are leading to increased usage of private transport, which in turn increases pollution, congestion and unsafe travel coupled with higher costs of travel for poor. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are first of the many steps we envision will drive increased use of public transport since it helps users to be better informed and make coordinated choices from the transport networks available to them.

With the increasing vehicle density in urban cities, CMC’s overall vision is to devise a technology solution to make public transportation in the cities more efficient, comfortable and customer friendly so that citizens are encouraged to wean away from excessive use of personal vehicles. Thus, leading to improved traffic efficiency, reduced traffic congestion and fuel consumption, improved environment quality, energy efficiency and improved economic productivity.

We strongly believe that Intelligent Transport System is a project of national importance, which can be replicated to make public transport more commuter-friendly and efficient in all our cities which are undergoing urban renewal. Delivering innovative and world-class solutions for projects of national importance has been in the DNA of CMC, and with the rapid urbanisation and economic development, there would be a steep increase in the demand for innovative urban transportation systems, to ease traffic woes and reduce the impact of transport on the environment.

We expect that this trend will be coupled with “integrated” intelligent transport system in future, which will enable multi-mode travel and would help commuters plan their journey in advance. Seamless exchange and single tickets will become the norm of the day. We can already see an evidence of the same in National Common Mobility Card, which serves as a single point of transaction across different modes of transportation like metro, taxi, bus, train and ferry.

Can you discuss the need for ITS in India, given the rapid urbanisation? 
Only 24 per cent of India’s 7,935 towns and cities have master plans! These urban master plans are formulated broadly in context of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme implementation, guided under 74th CAA and its subsequent implementation by states. On paper, while these town/cities may have master plans, they are esoteric rather than practical and riddled with exceptions.

McKinsey Global Institute report on ‘India’s urban awakening: Building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth – April 2010,’ reported that no Indian city has a 2030 Transportation Plan, nor has anybody allocated enough space and appropriate zoning for affordable housing.

With estimates, that by 2030 India will have 60 cities with more than a million population each, the strain on our transport infrastructure will be enormous. To add to this, in India, 90 per cent of public transport is through buses, except Mumbai, where urban rail transport is reliable. Some statistical figures like 14 standing passengers per sq meter are quite alarming and a threat to safe travel. The general perception around our public bus transport is that it is unreliable, unpunctual, unsafe, prone to delays, highly polluting, and so on. Insufficient transport infrastructure has led to increase in private vehicles thereby increasing both congestion and emissions even more.

Given the situation, innovative and intelligent transport systems will help address the critical issue of customer service by improving the productivity and efficiency of public transportation. With ITS, one could plan a commute knowing in advance the exact time a bus would arrive at the bus stand, availability of seats, and the time it would take to reach the destination, thus, saving on the waiting time at the bus stands and avoiding overcrowded buses. Information such as schedules, arrival/departure time, location, etc. can be obtained through satellite based GPS and disseminated through large LED displays and also as customised mobile text messages to registered users. This certainty and customised service would help in attracting commuters to the public transport system and help improve the overall traffic congestion issue.

CMCThe Mysore intelligent transport project, as we understand, has been a landmark in India’s ITS-related efforts. Tell us about the project vis-à-vis CMC’s role and how CMC intends to capitalise on the experience.

CMC was the lead system integrator for the project. We provided end-to-end solutions from designing, implementation to maintenance of the system for next three years.

The aim was to make transport more intelligent and more userfriendly. As part of the project we covered 500 buses, 105 bus stops, 6 bus terminals and 45 platforms in Mysore. In-vehicle systems were used which included Vehicle Mounted Units. These systems had all the necessary technology equipments and services like central servers and operator consoles, disaster recovery site, digital signage, centralised helpdesk and management. To impart scalability, we have also integrated it with electronic ticketing system.

CMC is engaged in and exploring several intelligent transportation system projects that can leverage GPS, mobile and cloud technologies to enable citizens to receive real time information on state transport, thus, enabling efficient and productive use of the system. We will definitely draw on our experience in implementing the same in other cities as well.

This is the first of its kind project in India. While we plan to replicate this at the earliest in other parts of India we will also collate feedback from this project to ensure continuous improvements in future implementations.

Introducing intelligent and smart transport solutions in India will have to be a progressive affair. What can be quickly done to set the process in motion? 
We need to educate the concerned bodies on the benefits of implementing ITS. Every city has its own challenges. For example, in Mumbai the traffic is two-way. Some cities are circular and have different traffic patterns. Bengaluru is an IT city; due to IT parks and establishments, there is a particular kind of traffic pattern in the city. One can see Volvo buses’ plying only to and from IT hubs and not in other parts of Bangalore. Economy of the city is another important factor. Traffic pattern is diverse across the cities, and as a result, a customised approach has to be adopted while deploying ITS in each state.

It takes six months to one year to make systems fully operational. It also depends upon the traffic, population density and condition of the bus fleet. All this information has to be there with government bodies to at least roll out the first phase of the project; rest will follow automatically.

Amongst the developing countries, which are those that have recorded progress in the field of ITS?

As far as developing countries are concerned, they are yet to adapt properly to ITS and haven’t shown any significant progress. ITS adaption in India is a significant step in development of ITS systems. It will also set an example for other developing nations.

Currently, developed countries and cities like Spain, California, New York etc. are doing exceptionally well in the field of ITS.

Private sector is playing an important role in India’s transport infrastructure involving itself in diverse aspects ranging from national highways to high-technology metro rail systems. How do you generally assess the future role of private sector (and also the PPP model)? 

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) will be one of the largest private contributions to transforming transport infrastructure in the future. Technologies enabling intelligent tracking, mobility, analytics to name a few, will emerge as the tools to convenient, efficient and smart infrastructure. Due to growing economic development across the country the requirements are also growing.

Private sector will also play an important role in working with government bodies to meet these requirements.

As far as the PPP model is concerned, the understanding between government and private sector bodies is getting better. Private sector can deliver services more effectively without excessive government involvement.

Urban planners say that an efficient public transport is a lasting solution to decongest vehicular traffic in cities. What is your view? How can intelligent transport systems make things even better? 
In India, by 2030, 590 million people will live in cities. As against 42 cities today, 68 cities will have a population of 1 million plus. 2.5 billion miles of roads will have to be paved, 20 times more than the last decade. Around 7,400 km of metros and subways will have to be constructed, 20 times more than in the last decade. All these things call for a system which can help in effective and efficient management of the infrastructure and transport systems. This is where ITS will come to the rescue, as it can help make things better than the existing situation.

ITS will provide several benefits to managing bodies like green egovernance to reduce traffic congestion, improve environmental quality and energy efficiency, improve economic productivity, key MIS and analytics for efficiency improvement and planning, online tracking of vehicles using GPS, better routing and thus, minimising fuel consumption, ensuring driving discipline and an overall enhanced commuter satisfaction.

Besides this, ITS will provide several benefits to the commuters, like online tracking of vehicles through GPS systems for commuters ,online and real time information, SMS alerts, information of bus arrivals of a specific route to all its users through large LED displays at bus stops which will result in a more reliable and dependable transport system.

All these benefits make ITS effective solution in dealing with increasing vehicular traffic in various cities.


Coming Soon: Toyota’s smart-cars that can communicate with each other

April 22, 2013

Susono, Japan: Toyota Motor Corp is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums.

The cars at the Intelligent Transport System site receive information from sensors and transmitters installed on the streets to minimize the risk of accidents in situations such as missing a red traffic light, cars advancing from blind spots and pedestrians crossing the street. The system also tests cars that transmit such information to each other.

In a test drive for reporters Monday, the presence of a pedestrian triggered a beeping sound in the car and a picture of a person popped up on a screen in front of the driver. A picture of an arrow popped up to indicate an approaching car at an intersection. An electronic female voice said, “It’s a red light,” if the driver was about to ignore a red light.

The 3.5 hectare test site looks much like the artificial roads at driving schools, except bigger, and is in a corner of the Japanese automaker’s technology center near Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan.

Toyota’s Lexus LS stops automatically in front of a dummy during a Toyota Motor Corp. demonstration of the pre-collision system (PCS) at its Higashi-Fuji Technical Center in Susono. AP

Toyota officials said the smart-car technology it is developing will be tested on some Japanese roads starting in 2014. Similar tests are planned for the US, although details were not decided. Such technology is expected to be effective because half of car accidents happen at intersections, according to Toyota.

Managing Officer Moritaka Yoshida said Toyota sees preventing collisions, watching out for pedestrians and helping the driving of the elderly as key to ensuring safety in the cars of the future.

“We offer the world’s top-level technology,” he told reporters.

All automakers are working on pre-crash safety technology to add value to their cars, especially for developed markets such as the US, Europe and Japan. But the strongest sales growth is coming from emerging markets which are eventually expected to show more interest in safety technology.

Toyota’s Japanese rival Nissan Motor Co. recently showed cars that were smart enough to stop on their own, park themselves and swerve away from pedestrians who suddenly jumped into the vehicle’s path.

Toyota also showed a new feature that helps the driver brake harder to prevent bumping into the vehicle in front. Toyota officials said drivers often fail to push hard on their brakes in such situations because they get into a panic.

Toyota said the technology will be available “soon,” without giving a date, and hinted it will be offered for Lexus luxury models. Luxury models already offer similar safety features such as automatic braking. Technology involving precise sensors remains expensive, sometimes costing as much as a cheaper Toyota car.

Toyota has also developed sonar sensors that help drivers avoid crashing in parking lots. One system even knows when the driver pushes on the gas pedal by mistake instead of the brakes, and will stop automatically.

Rear-end collisions make up 34 percent of car accidents in Japan, comprising the biggest category, followed by head-on collisions at 27 percent.

Cars that stop and go on their own, avoiding accidents, are not pure science fiction, experts say.

Alberto Broggi, professor at the University of Parma and an expert on intelligent transportation systems, said the idea of the accident-free cars is “very hot,” and probably within reach on some roads within several years.

“I’m sure we will arrive to such a technology even if I don’t know when exactly,” he said.



Intelligent transport systems: check out the new guidelines!

April 20, 2013







13/03/2013 – Intelligent transport systems: check out the new guidelines!

Intelligent transport systems: check out the new guidelines! The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is pleased to present a set of guidelines on ways to implement three key aspects of intelligent transport systems in urban areas: travel information, travel management and smart ticketing. These guidelines, which include a set of good practices shared by European cities, were developed by an expert group set up by the European Commission. CEMR was represented within this group by Marcel Meeuwissen from the City of Enschede in the Netherlands. What are intelligent transport systems? Intelligent transport systems support sustainable urban policy goals by applying modern information and communication technologies to urban transport. They can help transport networks within a city to become more efficient by, for example, providing real-time information on traffic conditions. They can also provide technology to determine how clean vehicles entering environmental zones are and make transport safer via collision warning and speed alert devices integrated directly into vehicles. Why is the European Commission involved? The European Commission aims at bringing support to cities in developing intelligent transport systems, notably by providing a platform for the exchange of best practices between cities all over Europe. Thus, it hopes to ensure the interoperability of all urban transport networks in order to facilitate the implementation of intelligent transport systems in cities without such systems. In 2008 and 2009, the Commission published two action plans, which gave the impetus needed to kick-start EU level support in helping promote the implementation of intelligent transport systems in European cities.


Pay a toll to shop on Brigade Road?

April 9, 2013

Pay a toll to shop on Brigade Road?
Aparajita Ray, TNN Apr 4, 2013, 03.47AM IST

BANGALORE: A peak-hour ride though the Central Business District may soon come at a price.

The government of Karnataka has taken up for consideration a proposal from the Union ministry of urban development to implement congestion pricing policy to ensure the city is free from “excessive motorization”. It will also encourage investment in public transport, create infrastructure for walking and cycling, and strategize transit-oriented development (TOD).

“We got the proposal notification recently,” confirmed V Manjula, Directorate of Land Urban Transport. The urban transport authorities will now vet the proposal and study the issue before replying to the Centre.

Congestion charging is a system of imposing a surcharge on users of roads or public goods, subject to congestion through excess demand. The charge could apply to services like buses, electricity, Metro and even telephones. It is implemented by either cordoning off a busy area of the city for private vehicles, and imposing a toll on those who want to enter the area for access to a lane or facility.

This charge has helped increase lane speed and reduce traffic in London, Milan, Singapore and Stockholm; the wide streets of central and west London are almost free of rows of cars. Congestion was reduced by 21%.

Some stakeholders managing Bangalore’s transport needs are already pressing for some sort of congestion pricing mechanism in the city.

MA Saleem, additional commissioner of police (traffic), told TOI, “Once congestion charging comes into effect, more people will switch over to public transport, reducing traffic problems. Bangalore’s typical problem is that IT corridors are congested as the roads are narrow. Every year, the number of vehicles on Bangalore’s roads goes up by 10%. The city already has over 47.5 lakh vehicles.”

However, Saleem admitted that until the city gets a reliable and faster integrated public transport system, it is difficult to implement the congestion pricing policy.

What the Centre wants

The proposal by the Union ministry, sent to the state on January 5, 2013, says:

“Excessive use of private vehicles on available road space is inefficient use of precious urban land. There is, thus, a need to discourage use of private vehicles in core areas of the city to increase the mobility of the people at large so they can reach their offices, workplaces, business centres, ships etc in time, without losing valuable working man hours…The congestion pricing is premised on a basic concept, ‘charge a price in order to allocate a scarce resource to its most valuable use’.”

The ministry, however, says that before implementing the congestion charging system, city authorities need to ensure that people have a good public transport system, pedestrianization and cycling. Congestion pricing should not be seen as a means to fill up government coffers but be used to develop non-motorized transport infrastructures and facilities, it adds.

It asks state urban development departments to conduct studies in each city, on whether demographic conditions permit congestion pricing in core areas.

Bangaloreans thumb down levy

Though it’s an old idea, Bangaloreans are surprised about congestion pricing in the city. They point out that high vehicle taxes work as a disincentive to buy cars and two-wheelers. With 6,500-odd buses making nearly 80,000 trips daily to cover 800 sqkm area of the city, BMTC is already a stretched resource. Namma Metro is sharing this burden, but covers only a small stretch. Citizens say public transport options are too few.


News from Intertraffic as it happens

March 29, 2012

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Dear reader,

A major attraction on day 2 of Intertraffic was the Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Urban Development, Dr Sudhir Krishna who indicated that his country was set to invest over US$78bn into transport-related investment over the next five years, and US$506bn over the next two decades.

In addition to this news, the huge number of visitors were able to see the very best technology in the sector. Below are just some of the examples.

Yours faithfully

James Foster

Indian minister explains future transportation opportunities at Intertraffic

Indian minister explains future transportation opportunities at Intertraffic

With US$78bn of transport-related investment expected over the next five years and a massive US$506bn anticipated over the next two decades, India is a hugely important potential market for those companies which can provide the right transport technology and expertise, Dr Sudhir Krishna, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Urban Development, told an audience here at Intertraffic yesterday.
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International Road Dynamics showcases weigh-in-motion solutions

International Road Dynamics showcases weigh-in-motion solutions

International Road Dynamics (IRD), a global supplier of weigh-in-motion (WIM) systems will be presenting WIM controllers, WIM scales, portable scales, traffic classifiers, and WIM system applications on its stand at Intertraffic. The company will also be focusing in particular on its iSINC (intelligent Sensor Interface and Network Controller)
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Jenoptik show enforcement solutions at Intertraffic

Jenoptik show enforcement solutions at Intertraffic

Visitors to Jenoptik’s stand in Hall 1 at Intertraffic will notice the enforcement specialist is not aligned or wedded to any one particular type of sensor or vehicle detection technology. The key message from Jenoptik, says the firm’s director of sales Ralf Schmitz, is that Jenoptik is a ‘provider of complete systems solutions’. “There are all manner of different enforcement applications, depending on various road layouts or traffic
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Telvent showcases total city management solutions

Telvent showcases total city management solutions

The future for transport in cities is more intelligence and not necessarily more roads, says Telvent. With this in mind, the company is showcasing its SmartMobility Integrated City Management (ICM) solution at Intertraffic for the first time. Although ICM can be applied across all domains of a city, such as utilities and communications, it is the mobility aspects which are being emphasised here in Amsterdam.
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Kria launches OEM version of T-EXSPEED camera

Kria launches OEM version of T-EXSPEED camera

Kria is exhibiting a new OEM version of its T-EXSPEED camera at Intertraffic. Suitable for a variety of fixed and mobile applications, the new OEM version consists of the same technological platform as the company’s T-EXSPEED V2.0 but can be adapted or built up as a modular system to suit customers’ specific requirements. Kria is also presenting a new solution to face recognition – mandatory in some European markets
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Designa shows how modern design works with parking pay stations

Designa shows how modern design works with parking pay stations

Eye catching modern design meets 60 years of parking management experience on the Designa stand in Hall 3 at Intertraffic. Visitors may notice a distinctive feel to the design ethos at Designa: Two years ago Designa teamed up with Frog Design – brainchild of Hartmut Esslinger, creator of the ‘snow white design language’ (which was applied to Apple Mac products from 1984 to 1990). The result was a sleek and simplistic look to Designa’s parking pay stations, matching the company’s aims to produce machines that are straightforward and logical
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Thales machines demonstrate transport interoperability at Intertraffic

Thales machines demonstrate transport interoperability at Intertraffic

Interoperability and efficiency of transport and parking operations have been targeted and achieved by Thales with its range of ticket machines on display at Intertraffic 2012. Central to Thales’ exhibit is its full option RFID ‘wave and pay’ parking machine developed for the Dubai Metro system. This machine (30 of which have been installed in Dubai) issues parking and metro tickets and features an internal web camera and proximity RFID card reader. Similar machines have been installed in Le Mans and at Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris
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Metric Group launches Elite version of Aura pay and display terminal

Metric Group launches Elite version of Aura pay and display terminal

Metric Group is renowned for developing machines to meet or exceed market requirements and on show at Intertraffic 2012 things are no different. The company has launched the ‘Elite’ version of the Aura model, the flagship in its range of pay and display terminals. Increased functionality will be on show, including full registration entry along with all payment options, driven by the requirements of ANPR
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18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport systems-Orlando

November 4, 2011

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America, ERTICO-ITS Europe, and ITS Asia-Pacific has commensed  the  world’s leading transportation policy makers, technology, and business professionals in Orlando, Florida, from October 16-20, 2011 for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, which  featured ITS America’s Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Indian Tollway’s Views From Orlando, Florida, USA

One senses a certain quiet excitement, a kind of diffused hurriedness about the place. And lots of people. With attendance estimates between 8,000 and 10,000, one thing that is not apparent are empty exhibit floor isles.

The five-day ITSWC conference began on Sunday, October 16th with an evening kickoff event that featured Florida Governor Rick Scott and General Motors VP of R&D Alan Taub. While their speeches conveyed all the usual bits about reducing congestion, a cleaner planet, increasing safety and ITS funding, the emerging theme is decidedly high-tech. with emphasis on real-time telematics, in-vehicle ITS, and connected vehicle technology.

The conference offered more than 300 sessions, focused on topics such as highway & vehicle safety, next generation traveler information, consumer apps for in-vehicle and smart devices, congestion management, performance measurement, analytics, eco-management and many more.

The exhibition hall comprised two main areas. The first was a single hall layout of more than 35,000 square meters of exhibition space with more than 200 companies manning stalls. The second area was an impressive  outdoor pavilion themed into four areas: Safety Village, Environment Village, Pricing Village, and Mobility Village. These areas featured live demonstrations of connected-vehicle technologies, smartphone  driver awareness, first responder vehicle movement, V2I/V2V, collision avoidance through smart systems, intermodal tracking & clearance, interoperability, and a host of other live demos.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this conference was that it was perhaps the most clear indicator of ITS industry trajectory of any ITS conference this year. As expected, there are all the traditional components of ITS here, from software & communication systems to cameras, detection equipment, and VMS. These are certainly the backbone of ITS systems. But the clear stand-out in emerging components of ITS is Connected Vehicle Technology (CVT).

CVT may be seen as the next generation of ITS, one which will allow vehicles and roadway environments to communicated directly with each other. The US DOT estimates that CVT has the potential to mitigate (at least to some degree) a huge number of driver related crash scenarios – as much as 81%. In addition to reducing accident rates, CVT has the promise of lowering driving costs, reducing traffic congestion, and lowering individual vehicle emissions.

Few pieces on the same has been shown .

Source: Greg Bartlett, Guest Editor

18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation systems

September 19, 2011

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America, ERTICO-ITS Europe, and ITS Asia-Pacific invite you to join the world’s leading transportation policy makers, technology, and business professionals in Orlando, Florida, from October 16-20, 2011 for the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, which will also feature ITS America’s Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Under the theme of Keeping the Economy Moving, it is sure to be the most exciting and innovative event to date with interactive technology showcases, more than 250 sessions, a 400,000 square-foot exhibit hall, and countless networking events with ITS industry leaders from across the world. Exhibitors and attendees will experience state-of-the-art demonstrations and dynamic sessions with a focus on cost-effective, practical deployment and innovation that provides users with new levels of safety, reliability, convenience, accessibility, and choice.

World Congress

The World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems is an international meeting and exhibition that rotates among three major geographic regions (Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific) annually. Only held in the United States once every three years, the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems will come to Orlando, Florida on October 16-20, 2011, and the world’s leading transportation policy makers, technology, and business professionals will gather in Orlando with a goal of bringing greater levels of safety, reliability and accessibility to transportation systems worldwide.

Co-sponsored by ITS America, ITS Asia-Pacific, and ERTICO-ITS Europe, the 18th World Congress is expected to draw over 10,000 delegates from more than 65 countries, including legislators, ministers of transportation, transportation officials, international standards experts, engineers, manufacturers, and other ITS stakeholders. The 18th World Congress, which will also feature ITS America’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, will host interactive technology showcases, more than 250 sessions, a 350,000 square-foot exhibit hall, and countless networking events with ITS industry leaders from across the world.

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