Uses Intelligent Transportation System for transfer of athletes and officials
For the recently concluded 12th South Asian Games, Guwahati hosted over 2500 athletes from 8 countries. A range of 23 sports disciplines were conducted at 17 locations across the city. With such a wide spread of venues, transporting athletes to and from multiple locations on-time, efficiently and safely was a challenge that confronted Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC), the official transportation operator for the games.
ASTC had deployed over 130 buses for transporting athletes and officials to their destinations for over a period of two weeks. KPIT helped ASTC provide safe and efficient transportation to athletes by connecting the buses using Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).
KPIT’s ITS solution consists of hardware system installed on the bus that can locate the bus, as well as monitor driver behaviour, vehicle health and any emergency conditions on the bus. KPIT’s variant of ITS fitted on the ASTC buses is UBS-II compliant, ARAI certified system. The ITS system is fitted on buses manufactured by multiple OEMs. The ITS system is GPS & GPRS enabled, currently running on 2G connectivity. Each such bus can transmit real-time data and information related to vehicle location, Vehicle Health and Driver behaviour.
Information to passengers on bus is provided through LED displays and audio announcements on bus. Information on approaching bus stops are automated via GPS integration.
Figure 1. ITS System fitted buses
The second part of the solution is a command centre application that runs on cloud for real time monitoring of the buses. Buses are monitored for any deviation from pre-defined route or safe driving behaviour. Based on the real-time data, the application generates alerts for any non-conformance, which could then be tracked, acknowledged, and used to initiate appropriate action.
At the Command Centre, ASTC monitored vehicle health parameters (e.g. Engine & Transmission parameters), Route parameters (e.g. stops skipped/ route deviation) and driver behaviour parameters (e.g. over speeding, harsh braking).
Figure 2. ASTC Control room for monitoring buses
Through the adoption of smart transportation, the city of Guwahati kicked off its smart cities initiative as one of the 20 cities selected by the Government of India for phase 1 implementation. Multiple stakeholders and media lauded the ITS implementation.
Benefits of ITS implementation for ASTC:
1. Improved Operational Efficiency
By monitoring bus real-time, operators could take immediate decisions using the command centre application. For. E.g.
§ In an event of Bus breakdown, it was immediately possible for the ASTC to send the nearest bus to pick up the passengers immediately.
§ When over-speeding alerts were received, ASTC could guide the driver to drive safely.
2. Optimization through Dynamic Scheduling
§ During the events, apart from the scheduled buses, ASTC would also receive impromptu request for buses.
§ The Command Centre Application provides real-time location and trip status of buses.
§ Using this data, it was easy for ASTC to allocate a bus located closer to the requested location, optimizing the schedules of other buses and enabling real time transport availability for athletes.
3. Enhanced Passenger Safety
§ Driver behaviour monitoring, vehicle health monitoring and faster response to emergency conditions ensured safety of passengers
4. Improved Passenger Convenience
§ GPS based announcements to passengers helped them identify the route and stop
“We are very happy with the performance of ITS fitted buses, and are pleased at how ITS has enabled ASTC to successfully ensure safe mobility for all the athletes”, Shri Ratul Baruah, Managing Director, Assam State Transport Corporation.