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ARS Soft talking to States on intelligent transport tech use

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on October 13, 2011




Technopark-based Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) solution provide ARS Software is in talks with State Governments for testing ITS technology.

This was stated by Mr Jans Linssen, CEO, ARS Software, while speaking at Intertraffic India 2011, the country's largest exhibition on traffic and transportation held at New Delhi recently.

EXPO FOCUS

The exposition turned its focus on how roads can be made safer to bring down the number of traffic casualties from the current 1.2 lakh per year using latest ITS technology.

The expo was organised jointly by the International Road Federation (IRF) and Amsterdam RAI and was conducted along with the 6th IRF Regional Conference on ‘Road Safety Strategy in India - Action Plan.'

Mr Linssen said India requires a robust ITS system architecture and system integration to avoid negative impact on cost, productivity and traffic safety due to fragmented nature of ITS investments.

Mr Linssen pointed out how ITS can be made beneficial for Indian roads. One option is to implement the easily available and affordable quick-win solutions.

QUICK-WIN OPTIONS

These ranged from variable message signs for drivers, travel time information to road users, enforcement solutions to RFID-based licence plate identification for enforcement and tolling.

However, the implementation needs to be tailored to specific needs of emerging economies. Mr Linssen expressed ARS' willingness to create affordable ‘proofs-of-concept' for these solutions.

The expo brought together major ITS players who used the platform to showcase the latest technological advancements and the beneficiaries of these advancements.

In keeping with the spirit of the expo, States were given an opportunity to present their views and their proposed roadmap for the future.

KERALA'S CASE

Presenting Kerala's case, Mr T. P. Sen Kumar, Transport Commissioner, said the State has seen a massive increase in the number of road users without the corresponding ramp-up of road infrastructure.

This presented an ideal case where ITS can help reduce traffic congestion and improve road user safety.

The envisaged model should contribute to a significant difference in traffic congestion, road safety, resultant pollution levels and the number of road fatalities, Mr Kumar said.

ARS Software, a CMMi level 3 company, has more than 10 years of experience in designing, developing and running ITS in Europe.

It proposes to bank on this experience and adapt these technologies to Indian roads and conditions to improve mobility and driver passenger safety.

ADAPTABLE TECH

Mr Linssen said that the cutting edge technologies applied to transport infrastructure in Europe is adaptable to the Indian scenario for traffic monitoring, public transport and traffic enforcement.

ARS Software has had substantial order intake during the last quarter, he said. Orders have been received for public transport information systems for the complete city of Amsterdam and parking monitoring and enforcement systems for the Schiphol airport.

A large contract has been closed with the Dutch national authorities on cross-platform development of mobility applications on the basis of Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile.

Published on October 13, 2011

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