Ahmedabad gets country's first ITS system

Commuters traversing Ahmedabad’s roads will now have real-time help in identifying traffic snarls ahead and take alternative routes to get to their destinations. For the first time in the country, the Gujarat city would have the Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) installed on its roads.

The system uses camera based sensors to capture real-time traffic scenes from key junctions and project on the LED boards mounted at the ten-kilometre stretch of the 132 feet ring road in the city, which would warn commuters of junctions with traffic snarls they should avoid and alternative routes where congestion would be less.

“It will provide information on where jams are…where traffic is moving slow...which stretches the traffic flow is smooth...that will provide a cue to the commuters to use roads without any jams,” H K Patel, Joint commissioner of police-traffic (Ahmedabad), said.

Civic officials said the project, funded by Japan International cooperation agency (JICA) and initiated by Japanese firm Zero Sum and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, took shape during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan.

“It is a state-of-the-art system. The 14 sensors will detect the speed and density of the traffic, relay the information wirelessly to the cloud-based control centre which would translate it and display it on the LED screens,” Zero sum’s Director B Mallesh explained.  After the pilot phase, the project would be extended to other parts of the city.

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