ITMS, SCSS projects to be fully functional by January 2017
Almost a month after announcing the introduction of the Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) and Smart City Surveillance System (SCSS) in select cities of Uttar Pradesh, including Noida and Ghaziabad, the state government is all set to implement it. Upon its introduction, traffic in both cities of UP-NCR could soon be monitored in real time from police headquarters in Lucknow.
A detailed survey has already been conducted following which the traffic department has decided to optimise and equip all traffic signals with cameras in and around these cities. As per the proposed plan, cops at the control room will be able to change signal cycles as per the traffic volume. The traffic department has also convened a meeting with industry experts, workers in the field of surveillance and traffic systems in the state capital and discussed the implementation of the ITMS and SCSS. According to the report, the experts gave technical suggestions and feedback for the integration and optimisation of traffic signals in as many as 12 cities. “In order to validate project design as per the standard norms, it was decided to discuss it with industry bodies. Representatives from 73 firms, who has expertise in this field, participated in it,” an official had reported earlier.
The Implementation of the projects is likely to take place in three phases. In the initial phase, isolated traffic signals will be equipped with CCTV cameras, with the help of which they will be able to change their signal cycle as per traffic volume. In the second phase all these signals will be connected to the local control room in respective cities. In the last phase, the traffic department will optimise and synchronise all signals, creating a green corridor for smooth and hassle-free travel. First phase is likely to be completed by June next year while the second phase by October. The department has decided to implement the last phase before the end of next year so that they can get the results by January 2017.
Notably a similar system, ITMS, is already operational on the 25-km Noida-Greater Expressway and partly functional on the Yamuna Expressway. This hi-tech system monitors traffic along these two high-speed corridors, alerts commuters of traffic movements and ensures swift response. It provides real-time traffic advisory information to motorists through electronic message signs.