A joint research project on ‘Multi-modal Smart Transportation (M2Smart)’ has been initiated by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.

The India-Japan research project has been designed collaboratively by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JSTA) and JICA as a scheme of ‘Science Technology Partnership for Sustainable Development’. It has been jointly undertaken by IIT-H, Nagoya Electric Works Co Ltd, Nihon University and Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Monitoring system

The joint research project seeks to establish a reliable and common approach for grasping the traffic situation in cities by building a system that effectively uses mobile devices, traffic sensing, big-data analysis and network technology.

The team has launched the field test bed system on the IIT-H campus and NH-65. The field test bed system has several key components of traffic management system such as real-time traffic flow monitoring cameras, speed detection safety system, traffic signal lights and remote environment gas sensing.

Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India, said in a statement: “Enhancing the academia-industry network between Japan and India is one of the most important elements for both countries’ long-term benefit. This research project is also one of the important joint projects between IIT-H and Japanese academia and industries and is planned to last until March 2022.”

Through the field test bed system, research teams of Japan and India will continue to work together to create reliable approach for grasping the traffic situation in the cities in India, which will contribute to the formation of suitable urban transportation system and facilitation of a modal shift.

Traffic flow analysis

For the traffic flow analysis of the joint research project, the project team will implement deep learning AI recognition architecture, driving behaviour sensing and environment gas monitoring.

The traffic monitoring will be implemented not only on NH 65 in Hyderabad but also in Ahmedabad.

The project team will be able to compare traffic condition of the two cities and use project analysis to generate a handbook for low-carbon urban transportation.