India’s first intelligent traffic plan gets rolling in Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad became the first Indian city to get an Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) following the launch of pilot project.

The project, introduced by Japanese firm Zero Sum Ltd in collaboration with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), has been rolled out on a 10-km stretch on the 132-feet ring road.

“This pilot project has been funded by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), which gave USD 1 million to Zero Sum Ltd to implement this project here,” stated Chikara Kikuchi, President, Zero Sum Ltd, adding, “When Modi toured Japan as Gujarat CM, he met JICA representatives and asked them to come up with such a project in Gujarat. After successful completion of the pilot run here, we plan to launch such projects in other cities of Gujarat, such as Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara, as well.”

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B Mallesh, Director, Zero Sum Wireless Solutions India Pvt Ltd mentioned that four LED-based boards would provide real-time information about the traffic situation to commuters on that route. He added that 14-camera based sensors and four LED-based Variable Message Sign (VMS) boards have been installed on regular intervals, starting from APMC market till IIM crossroads.

The information gathered by the sensors will be displayed on VMS boards in real-time that would help commuters know about the traffic situation ahead of the route. The information would be displayed in Gujarati and English language. This pilot project would be operational till March end, after which, the AMC will decide to introduce ITS projects across the city, he added.

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