Traficon has been awarded a contract for delivering over 700 vehicle presence detectors for intelligent traffic control in the cities of Mumbai and Chennai. For Traficon, this major contract is an important strategic breakthrough into this fast-growing Indian market.
Sukhdev Bhogal, Business Development Director for India, explains the story behind:
“Traffic management has been a challenge in India for some time – and it’s becoming more difficult with every passing day. In addition to increasing traffic congestion and complexity, the urban areas are also faced with other transport-related problems such as increasing CO2 emissions and depleting fuel resources, which adversely impact the well-being of any major city.
But cities like Mumbai and Chennai are taking up the challenge. Next to building new roads, they are investing heavily in advanced technologies and intelligent solutions that optimize traffic management. And this is where Traficon’s field-proven technology comes in. It’s being utilized as part of Area Traffic Control (ATC) project to ensure the traffic flows safer and smoother.”
SMART TRAFFIC LIGHTS
In Mumbai, nearly 700 vehicle presence detectors - both TrafiCam and TrafiCam x-stream – will be installed at various busy road junctions controlled by traffic signals. By detecting both waiting and approaching vehicles, these intelligent ‘all-in-one’ cameras will be used for optimization of traffic signal timings and to cut down waiting time at traffic lights. TrafiCam x-stream being an IP-addressable device also provides MPEG-4 colour streaming video in the control center for general intersection surveillance.
The use of these above-ground detectors forms part of the Mumbai City Mobility Management project. This project includes the implementation of an Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS), provided and coordinated by Telvent. Based on the information coming from the sensors or surveillance devices, this state-of-the-art system alters traffic signal cycles in real time to respond to changing traffic conditions. Once fully operational, ATCS is expected to cut down waiting time at traffic signals by almost half.
For the city of Chennai, the decision to use Traficon’s integrated video sensor technology was taken after a competitive bidding mid 2010. Today up to 100 TrafiCam sensors are installed and operational to detect waiting vehicles at multiple intersections across the city.