Wednesday , 3 June 2020

Due to ITMS a sense of order is developing on the Indian roads’

The integrate command and control centre (ICCC) systems have been prescribed by the scalable cities, use open standards for integration with various subsystems and other departments ICT systems, interoperable with capability for taking feeds from cameras installed by private / government at public places, digitise (if required) and compress (if required) this feed and store as per requirements, meeting cyber security framework to safe guard against unsolicited access.

ICCC enable collation of information and collaborative monitoring, thus helping in the analysis of data for quicker decisionmaking. Intelligent operations capability shall ensure integrated data visualisation, real-time collaboration and deep analytics that can help different stakeholders prepare for exigencies, coordinate and manage response efforts, and enhance the ongoing efficiency of city operations. The interface at ICCC will give a real-time and unified view of operations. Cities can share information across agency lines in real-time to accelerate problem response and improve project coordination. Furthermore, the ICCC shall help in anticipating the challenges and minimising the impact of disruptions.

Under SCM, which cities have implemented Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) and going forward how many more are in the offing?

ITMS is a key component ensuring the safety of the citizens. Therefore, initiatives to implement such systems will be seen in most of the cities. At present, ITMS is operational in Surat, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Kakinada, Vizag, Vadodara, and Pune. Going forward, I see more than 30 cities at different stages of setting up such systems.

How has ITMS worked in favour of the cities—what benefits have accrued from it?

The primary purpose of the ITMS is to strategically manage traffic to ease congestion, reduce travel time, and in turn, lessen frustration for the citizens on the move. It includes automated traffic signals, tolls & fare collection, and surveillance. Data integration drives decision making, incorporating weather and traffic data, linking emergency services data as well as information from government agencies. The ICCC brings together the smart traffic management ecosystem, with realtime and updated data, handling passenger information, traffic signals, incident management and vehicle health monitoring.

We have observed the following benefits are becoming visible in the cities:

• A sense of order is developing on the roads due to improved traffic law enforcement and a more assertive prosecution of traffic violators
• The surveillance and enforcement staff gave a better situational awareness of existing traffic conditions on a real-time basis
• Improved (evidence-based) decision making capacity on traffic management and strategies as more and more real time and historic data is becoming available
• Improved (evidence-based) decision-making capacity on traffic management and strategies due to the availability of real-time and historical data.

Long term capacity building through training and support for traffic controller and other staff involved.

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