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      Variable Traffic Signboards will display a wealth of info.

      Word is out that Bangalore will be getting its share of variable signboards very soon.

      With variable signboards, motorists can have visuals about the status of traffic density at the next signal on the digital screens, and if there are any problems in taking a particular route. It will help drivers take deviations to avoid getting caught in traffic junctions will have variable signboards within the next one year.
      Source: TOI, page 6, Feb 10, 2010.

      Some technology being used are:

      TRAFFIC SCAN : This technology uses video analytics along with mobile phone density and data from GPS-equipped BMTC buses to provide inputs about traffic scenario. The data procured will be processed to gather details about average speed and congestion level on roads. The details will be relayed to users through SMSs and VMS boards. The technology is being developed by Dr Ashwin Mahesh from IIM-Bangalore, with help from BMTC, Infosys and IBM.

      PARKING INFORMATION SYSTEM (PIS)

      Once the creation and computerization of paid parking lots are in place in the city, people can SMS to check for parking availability in a particular area.

      INTEGRATED COMPLAINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (ICMS)

      The ICMS will automatically detect faults at signals and trigger SMSs to the maintenance team concerned.

      The components being used at the Traffic Management Centre (TMC) are:

      TRAFFIC SURVEILLANCE: At present there are about 80 surveillance cameras in the city. Another 160 will be installed in a month, apart from five enforcement cameras, to capture different traffic violations.

      TRAFFIC SIGNALS: At present, 163 of 299 signals have been connected to TMC through dedicated lines. The remaining will be connected by July. All these signals can be controlled from the TMC.

      VEHICLE ACTUATION: The 163 signals connected to TMC have been made vehicle actuated. This means depending on the number of vehicles waiting at a red light, the signal automatically changes. This helps ease traffic movement.

      SIGNAL PROGRESSION: Signals which are within 100 metres distance are being inter-connected using the signal progression method to minimize delays. This partial synchronization has been brought in at several corridors, viz. i) Manipal Road-Cubbon Road-BRV junction-MINSK Square-GPO, ii) SBM junction-Swagath theatre junction-K G Road-Upparpet-Shanthala, iii) Minerva circle-Bharath Talkies-Halasur Gate-police corner-Hudson Circle, iv) Adigas-Manipal Centre-Webbs junction.

      AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) SYSTEM: The technology uses traffic density data of all junctions in a corridor and adjusts the timings of signals to minimize delays and queue lengths. Around 14 corridors which carry about 50% of the total peak-hour traffic have been identified for ATC which uses C-DAC technology. The pilot project will be taken up on Bellary Road between Hebbal flyover and the international airport.

      Police said the ATC allows traffic to move, depending on the traffic at adjacent junctions to minimize number of stops by vehicles. This linkage of signals will help motorists travel in the `green wave' without stopping at each signal.

      The technology also allows signal faults to be rectified quickly.

      ATC system uses detector loops laid beneath the road surface to detect the number of vehicles. As a pilot project, BEL which is helping the traffic police in technology, is experimenting with virtual loops based on still cameras to detect the presence of vehicles at junctions.

      VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGN (VMS) BOARDS: These electronic sign boards will relay real-time information to road user, so he can make informed choices about roads. The traffic police are planning to install 20 such VMS boards, 10 of which will be put up in two months times. All the boards will be connected to the TMC, which will gather information about road conditions and relay it to road user. VMS boards are coming up in the following junctions: Bellary Road to airport, Old Madras Road at K R Puram, Hosur Road at Silk Board, Mysore Road, Residency Road, Richmond Road, Tumkur Road, Kanakapura Road, Mekhri Circle.

      ENFORCEMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)
      : The police have decided to procure 400 blackberries for enforcement management, apart from the 280 already in use.

      COMPLAINT REDRESSAL SYSTEM (CRS): A web-enabled complaint redressal system has been created to address various problems and disseminate information to the user. An extended desktop which integrates all the information will be handled at the TMC. About 100 policemen will be trained to operate the system at the TMC.
      Source: Police turn to tech to manage traffic - ... s of India

      Guess these should be up and running by this month end. Shall get some pics and videos on how they function soon.
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      This is one of the bestinitiative taken so far I feel.Let us see how it goes on when implemented
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      Hope this helps in easing the already tiresome drive in Bangalore city..
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      Here is a shot of one such varialble traffic signboard opposite to Columbia Asia. There are plenty more being installed. Shortly, once the entire system is up, these boards will also display traffic density etc.
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      Quote Originally Posted by [url=http://gearheads.in/post21216.html#p21216
      mclaren1885 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:18 am[/url]]Here is a shot of one such varialble traffic signboard opposite to Columbia Asia. There are plenty more being installed. Shortly, once the entire system is up, these boards will also display traffic density etc.
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      where all do we have these setup and wat'll info had been beaming up there..anybody seen these elsewhere?
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      Quote Originally Posted by [url=http://gearheads.in/post21438.html#p21438
      avinash » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:44 am[/url]]where all do we have these setup and wat'll info had been beaming up there..anybody seen these elsewhere?
      Currently its on both sides of the signal at Esteem Mall. The graphic I show you in the pic is what it displays on the side that leads to BIAL. On the opposite side, it shows "Bump ahead in 20mtrs" along with another message. Guess it says "Welcome to Bengaluru". Don't think they have put any others on the way to BIAL yet.
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      I've noticed a few LED signboards with some info on the BLR-HYD highway. But they're not as detailed as this tho'
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      Just saw another board like this on the ring road from BEL Circle to Tumkur Road.
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      Was coming back home last night and one of the variable signboards read "Rain is coming, please drive slow". Not Oxford Dictionary grammar, but I liked the fact that they are using it for what its meant to do. Hopefully, soon we should have live traffic updates too.
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      Nice Info there Rahul.

      I also saw the Board On the ORR Near BEL Circle
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