Managing Partner, Power Electronics
Among the Gold Partners, Power Electronics, has been an exhibitor at the Expo right since its inception. It had launched ANPR cameras for RLVD, Average speed and instant speed detection and Adaptive traffic lights this time round. Said Vinay Jain, its Managing Partner, “We have been participating in the TrafficInfraTech Expo right from its first edition. This time, we decided to become its gold sponsors. The target customers for our two verticals, Mass Trans and Mass Park (into traffic and parking respectively), are the concessionaires, municipalities and Traffic Police. Not only did they come to our stall but also showed a keen interest in the new technology, Adaptive Traffic Controllers for Smart Cities, that we displayed at the Expo”. He added, “We are very happy with the organisers because of the kind of traffic that walks in and the way the expo is held. We had introduced various technologies in their previous shows and hope to display many newer ones in the future too. In fact, we are looking forward to participating in the TrafficInfraTech Expo to be held at Hyderabad. We received enquiries on smart city solutions and VMS from concessionaires that can fructify into business in the future”.
B K Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police – Traffic, Delhi, said, “I was very happy to see various kind of agencies and stakeholders come together at the expo. We achieved a lot by interacting and visiting various stalls and understanding the uses and benefits of products and technologies displayed there”.
Guy Perry, President of Essel Infrastructure came to the ‘one-stop-shop’, as he called it, as he found it a good resource. “We cannot shape cities of the future without taking into consideration the streets and roads systems, mobility systems which are fundamental to the life in the cities. If we are thinking of upgrading Indian cities, this is one of the core features of that upgrade. In fact we ourselves are working now on streets in Pune in one of our first street exercises and we need to see what the challenges are and how much we can improve. This is a fantastic resource because there are great exhibitors and great participants as well. It is a fantastic one-stop shop”.
A few interesting suggestions too came in for the Indian authorities from the exhibitors like first time exhibitor ETI. KJ Ahn, its Overseas Business Director, left a little advice for the Indian policy makers: “I feel the Indian road authorities are very concerned about the cost of the barriers. They talk more about conventional barriers which cost less than our roller barriers. I feel they must be concerned more about human life. So, this is a very good chance for the road authorities to move forward on advanced technology. We are participating at the TrafficInfraTech Expo for the first time. We met many suppliers and industry players at the Expo”.
The three day Expo, like its earlier editions, had seminars on issues that need serious looking into. The subject of discussion on the first day was Smart Roads and Highways. A stimulating presentation was made on ‘Highways of the future: Interactive, sustainable’ by Dr Sreejith Narayanan, Associate Vice President, IL & FS Transportation Networks Limited. While Sanjay Mitra, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), Government of India delivered the Chief Guest’s address, Leena Nandan (I.A.S.), Joint Secretary, MoRTH spoke on ‘Smart Tolling’. Col (Retd) Kushwant Singh, Ex CGM (Tech), Tech Advisor, IHMCL spoke on ‘Physical Highway as a Service Provider (Revenue Model)’. A presentation was made on ‘Highway Safety’, by Hasan M Naqvi, Chief General Manager (Tech), Road Safety Cell, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) which was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Infrastructure saw engaged discussions in the seminar hall on the second day While Dr. Bhargab Maitra, Ph.D. (IIT Bombay), Professor, Civil Engineering, IIT Kharagpur threw light on ‘Technology Driven Urban Traffic Management’, Sanjay Sahay, IPS, Additional Director General of Police, Grievances & Human Rights, Police Headquarters, Karnataka spoke on ‘The current ITS requirements and the various procurement processes’. P Ravikumar, Joint Director ITNS, C-DAC Trivandrum made a presentation on ‘Signaling and adaptive signal control & its Utility’.