What is an Intelligent Transport Management System and How Does it Work

With the increase in vehicle users, it has become important to have an efficient, hassle-free, and quick transport system. A good transport system is a life-line for the smooth working of any city and is essential for its mobility.

India is on the way to develop smart cities and an intelligent transport management system plays a crucial role in that.

An intelligent transport system (ITS) is an application or a platform that helps to improve the quality of transportation and minimize traffic issues. It is used to serve three main purposes-

  1. Improving the movability of people and goods.
  2. Increasing safety and reducing traffic blockage.
  3. Complying to the transport policy objectives like public transport priority measures.

This helps the commuters and also assures overall transport efficiency in the city.

The intelligent transport system is being used worldwide. Due to its numerous benefits, ITS has become a multi-disciplinary integrated piece of work and thus is being used by many organizations across the globe for their needs.

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How does Intelligent Transport Management System Work?

The traffic management center (TMC) is an important unit of ITS. It is the technical system allocated by the transport authority where all the data is collected and analyzed for further operations. Let’s look at the complete process in detail-

Data collection– Accurate, real-time, and extensive data collection is required for proper strategic planning. So, data is collected through hardware devices like Automatic Vehicle Identifiers, GPS-based automatic vehicle locators, cameras, etc.

The hardware device primarily records information like traffic count, travel speed and time, instances of delays, breakdowns, etc. The hardware devices are connected to the server which helps to collect a large number of data and store it in a data collection center that can be used for further study.

Data transmission– Swift and real-time information is the key to the efficiency of ITS. This feature helps in faster data transmission between the field and traffic management center.

Traffic-related announcements are conveyed to travelers via the internet, SMS, short-range communications (DSRC) using radio and continuous air interface, or Long and medium-range (CAILM) utilizing cellular connectivity and infra-red links.

Data analysis– The received data is processed further through various steps. These steps are error rectification, data cleaning, data synthesis, and adaptive logical analysis.

Conflicting data is identified through specialized software. After rectification, the collective data is analyzed more to predict traffic situations.

Travelers informationTravel Advisory Systems (TAS) is used to deliver vehicle updates to traveling users. TAS provides real-time information like travel time and speed, delays, any diversions, etc.

Electronic devices like variable message signs, internet, SMS, highway advisory radio among others are used to convey the messages to the users.

 

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