It takes more than an hour to get across the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta - which stretches over 661.5 square km. According to a Castrol’s Magnatec Stop-Start Index, Jakarta reported the most number of traffic jams on Earth, with approximately 33240 stop-starts annually. This won Jakarta the title of World’s Worst Traffic Jam which is followed by Turkey, Mexico and Surabaya. What should be done to alleviate this problem?
According to Jakarta Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama, traffic congestion in the city can only be solved after the city’s rail-based public transportation system is completed. The city’s public transportation consists largely of minivans and minibuses, many of which drive recklessly and often stop in the middle of the street to pick up and drop off passengers,exacerbating traffic conditions.
However, is building more infrastructure the only way to deal with the severe traffic conditions in cities like Jakarta? How can technology help to improve the situation?
One way could be through using Big data (IoT) to gather insghts that can help to optimize traffic flow and subsequently reduce congestion.
How does this work?
Devices embedded with sensors can be attached to cars, streetlights, which then capture data such as - amount of time a car is stuck in the traffic for, the average speed that the car is moving on road, the timing which causes the most congestion, the start-stop time for a car etc. The device will diagnose the situation and send the data so that the team monitoring the issue can quickly and efficiently address the crux of the issue.
Some examples of public-private partnerships to alleviate the traffic situation:
Qlue, a smart city solution startup has partnered with Jakarta Smart City Unit to build a dashboard, analyzing data from online complaints, sensors and traffic apps.
Cyberview is the tech hub that will drive the transformation of Cyberjaya into a Global Technology Central that is in line with the Malaysia National IoT Strategic Roadmap. There will be LTE-equipped controllers that run video cameras with analytic capabilities mounted above the traffic lights. The cameras analyse the traffic situation and intelligently direct traffic at the intersection to reduce waiting time at traffic lights. The camera acts as a sensor which then wirelessly transmits the collected data via the cloud to the central Traffic Management Command Center, which has direct access to the traffic light controllers.
In addition, traffic congestion in cities can also be a result of shortage of parking spaces. As drivers look for parking space, they tend to slow down their cars or even halt at the entrance of a fully packed carpark. China’s parking app, TingCheBao, helps user to find the nearest parking lot, reserve it for them in advance and show the prices for the lots. Also, to reduce cars parking on the roadside, ShenZhen Yeefung Automation Technology has come up with an automated parking solution which helps drivers find parking spaces using Geta, a robot that has 360 degrees mobility and will utilize parking resources in optinmally.
There are definitely more solutions out there and we hope to hear from you. Share with us what you think IoT can do to create a smarter traffic system.
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