Transportation plays a significant role in the transformation of a smart city. An intelligent transport management system is the one which is integrated with Information and Communication Technology that ensures easy commute options for the people in the city. With millions of people choosing to commute via different public transportation options, having a system that is smooth, hassle-free and quick is crucial. An intelligent transport management system is not only seamless and quick but also safe and reliable. This balance not only helps the commuters but also ensures overall efficiency in the city.
The success story of Smart City Ahmedabad Development Ltd (SCADL) in transforming their manually operated bus transit system into a smart transportation system has to serve as the best example. SCADL partnered with NEC to build a transportation system that reflects a smart city. The biggest challenge that laid ahead was tackling the inefficiency of manually operated bus services. From poor route plans and disorganized schedules to inconsistent and inconvenient cash collections and rough driving, the problems were countless.
However, the solution was simple - an integrated process system that tackles every aspect of the issue. NEC helped the city to build an IoT driven transport management system that had everything from software-based bus service system backed by advanced ICT to a cashless open-loop card system. The SCADL's smart transportation system took care of different aspects of the problem like - the lack of a strict schedule, the inconsistent and un-secure payment options, lack of tracking options for the vehicles, inefficient routing, etc.
Each of these aspects of the problem was assessed and an easy solution was set in place. The Automated Fare Collection Service (AFCS) facilitated the easy cashless payment option via prepaid RuPay card or smartphone for the passengers, while the Automatic Vehicle Location System (AVLS) allowed them to get the current location and other information of the bus, in real time.
The Vehicle Planning Schedule and Dispatch System (VPSD) provided a revamped and optimized schedule for the buses and the Depot Management System (DMS) helped with the allocation and optimization of the crew and the overall bus operations. In addition to this, Passenger Information System (PIS) provided real-time bus information via mobile app, website, and in-station boards to enable passengers to plan their route and estimate waiting and arrival times.