Sunday , 18 February 2018

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Mangala Chandran

The future transportation is poising towards a big change that would be system level focused, connected, automated, integrated and would influence the different aspects of our lives. The focus stories in this issue of TrafficInfraTech precisely touches upon concepts like connected mobility, electric mobility and the multimodal integration from the perspective of end-users. However, to achieve these goal different agencies and departments need to work together. The Government has a major role to play because the changes affect the business environment, employment opportunities and the regulations currently in place. Advocating the advantages of shared mobility, Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, states that we need to overcome the existing barriers – from having a mindset of private ownership of cars to the government’s taxes which tend to make public transport operations unviable.

The problem that confronts transportation planners everywhere is the move to increase infrastructure capacity to relieve congestion – be it roads or transit and the solution involves very high cost. MaaS could be an alternative way to move people faster and economically.

Closely linked to the above is the integration of public transportation modes and robust mass transit systems. One of the barriers here as well is the lack of institutional integration.

According to Anil Srivastava, Adviser, NITI Aayog, along with shared mobility, we have to consider clean mobility too. Globally, there is a shift happening from ICE vehicles to EVs. By 2025, there would be price parity between the two. Shared services can make more productive use of investments and reduce the number of vehicles on the road..

This edition of the magazine also touches upon more areas with regard to urban mobility like the concept of smart streets and the debate on the efficacy of metro rail to reduce road congestion.

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2017

The future transportation is poising towards a big change that would be system level focused, connected, automated, integrated and would influence the different aspects of our lives. The focus stories in this issue of TrafficInfraTech precisely touches upon concepts like connected mobility, electric mobility and the multimodal integration from the perspective of end-users. However, to achieve these goal different agencies and departments need to work together.

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AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2017

After being held in New Delhi and Mumbai from 2011, TrafficInfraTech Expo and Parking Infratech Expo were taken to Hyderabad this year and the shows did meet the expectations of the different stakeholders. A perfect blend of business and knowledge sharing was achieved with the participation of high-level officials from both the public and private sectors: The Government officials, the Police, Technology providers, Consultants and Industry experts…

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JUNE – JULY 2017

The Smart Mobility event (September 13-15, Hyderabad) with two very important Expos – TrafficInfraTech Expo and Parking Infratech Expo – is just around the corner. As the expos are designed to integrate the multiple areas of traffic/ transport and parking management, this issue of Trafficinfratech also looks at these in national and international perspectives.

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APRIL – MAY 2017

Has the word ‘smart’ been overused? Is it time to move on? Apparently not. Greenfield smart cities will be in the making for many years and the best option perhaps is to get deeper into the concept which is a smart combination of various independent & self decisive components connected through technology. TrafficInfraTech spoke to different smart city consultants to understand the process of connecting the transport/ mobility part to other vital components.

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FEBRUARY – MARCH 2017

One of the main components of the integrated development of India’s smart cities in the making is Smart Traffic & Transport. In fact this is the main focus, as facilitating the movement of citizens within the city via transport network is necessary to a city’s economical and social growth.

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DEC 2016 – JAN 2017

India is expected to leapfrog the world in digital payment technology said, industry experts at a Huddle 2017 session on “Cashless India: A road map for the future. Going cashless is imperative for India to ignite growth among 400 million people. Mobile technologies and services are set to give a sense of comfort for the people especially while travelling.

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