Intelligent transport systems
Integration of urban planners, architects, community group and engineers will contribute to the phased implementation of smart city innovations. However, Intelligent Transportation system (ITC) plays a vital role in connecting urban spaces. It covers all types of transports including rail, freight and car & the associated technologies.
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are advanced applications, intended to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management and enable various users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated, and ‘smarter’ use of transport networks.
There are a wide range of Intelligent transportation systems. Smart city solutions include eMobilty, multimodal travel, freight, ticketing and payments, traffic management, urban toll, autonomous vehicles, car sharing and even on-demand taxis.
The most significant purpose of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in Smart Cities are
- reducing pollution in the Cities – by making sure the most efficient routes are being taken and that the trucks and cares are running well.
- reducing traffic congestion – better planning of the roads and communication of best route for the time of day.
- increasing people safety – more appropriate traffic flow for the types of vehicle’s using the roads.
- reducing noise pollution – better planning to make sure roads for things like trucks are routed away from population areas.
- improving transfer speed – quicker determinate of bottle necks and reason for this allows for less disruption to services. Encouraging people to use public transport systems through better communication and efficient services.
- reducing transfer costs – a more efficient and utilised system allows a city to deliver it to the public at a lower cost.
We are just scratching the surface here. For further reading have a look below and see real examples where intelligent transport systems are improving the cities in Australia.