Like any new technological deployment, ITS also has made its footprints visible spread across different cities and segments of transportation including City Traffic Control Centers, Fare Payment Systems, traffic management systems, vehicle tracking systems etc. However, these are based on the leadership at the respective department.
it is yet to be seen in a more holistic manner. Jitendra Kaushik, CEO, Onnyx Electronics, added, “The deployment of ITS here is being done in bits and pieces. The government should have a national level policy, programme and even a common technology standard, optimum utilisation, city level planning, disaster management and proper implementation of the integrated system. The states can no longer depend solely on traditional system of transport with worsening congestion, insufficient transport infrastructure, cost constraints, increasing emissions and growing needs of citizens.”
In India, implementation of systems like ITS is still in an initial phase. Many experiences have been done recently; the benefits are not always demonstrated on the field. David Moszkowicz, Managing Director, Lumiplan ITS India Pvt Ltd, explained, “Some challenges remain for procurement process, efficient implementation and concrete benefits for the citizens and the organizations. Foreign international leaders struggle for customizing the solutions for India and local vendors face challenges for meeting the requirements. New steps have to be taken for a better definition of an ITS System in an integrated vision (multi-modal Transport in a Smart City). The goal is to give better services to the citizens and increase operational efficiency for the public transport organization.”