Malaysia is building intelligent traffic system in its Silicon Valley counterpart
Malaysia is running a smart city technology trial by building a smart traffic management system in Cyberjaya city, the national equivalent of Silicon Valley.
This intelligent system, first mentioned in Malaysia’s National Strategic Internet of Things (IoT) Roadmap which aims to drive the implementation of the IoT, is designed to allow better traffic management.
In addition to being the IT capital of Malaysia, Cyberjaya is also a key smart city technology test bed for the Federal Government of Malaysia. Cyberview Sdn Bhd, is the technology hub enabler driving Cyberjaya’s transformation into a global technology hub.
Cyberview will fund the intelligent traffic management system project in collaboration with Intelsec Sdn Bhd (a 100% subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad) and will also work with key stakeholders such as Majlis Perbandaran Sepang and Multimedia Development Corporation (MdeC). The first phase of the intelligent traffic management system project that covers Persiaran Multimedia will take four months and the system is expected to start operating in April 2016.
LTE-equipped controllers that run video cameras with scanning capabilities are mounted above traffic lights. The cameras analyze the traffic situation and intelligently direct traffic to the intersection to reduce waiting time at traffic lights.
Each camera node functions as a sensor in a IoT network, which wirelessly transmits the collected data, via the cloud, to a central traffic management control center, which has direct access to the traffic light controllers.
In contrast, the traditional infrastructure used for the centralized traffic management system would typically include legacy connectivity and wired data collection systems.
Smart city roadmap
“Installing smart solutions for the first time at Cyberjaya also reinforces the Living Lab’s proposal to use Cyberjaya as a test bed for new and innovative technologies. The project can be defined as a benchmark to be followed by other smart city projects, ”said Faris Yahaya, CEO of Cyberview.
Cyberview implements the intelligent traffic system, together with Telekom Malaysia (TM), through its wholly owned subsidiary Intelsec.
After the pilot tests, the same system will likely be deployed in other Malaysian cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang and the Iskandar region in Johor Bahru, according to Gerald Wang, head of the IDC Government Insights program.
He added that the deployment of the intelligent traffic system will improve the management between different authorities, agencies, transport service providers and related parties in order to have a better understanding of the traffic in Cyberjaya.
The rapid urbanization of the cities of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) means that many are facing the challenge of transportation and road congestion.
“This could be due to the failure of public transport options or the inability of roads, parking and traffic management systems to cope with a greater influx of vehicles. As a result, intelligent transportation systems will become more critical to enable the movement of residents, ”IDC’s Wang said.
Besides Malaysia, Singapore has also harnessed the technology and data for its Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) initiative. Some of the smart elements include a highway monitoring and advisory system that alerts motorists of traffic accidents on main roads, and a GPS system installed in city taxis that monitors and reports traffic conditions around town.
The data collected by the various systems are sent back to the ITS operations control center, which consolidates them and provides the public with real-time traffic information.
In terms of its smart city programs, Malaysia is doing well, compared to other ASEAN countries (except Singapore), when it comes to social welfare, critical infrastructure and economic internationalization initiatives, Wang said. .
“Although there is still a long way to go to transform Malaysia [to developed nation status], it did quite well based on its submissions to our Asia-Pacific Smart Cities Index, ”Wang added. “However, the strong momentum of digital transformation and change must be maintained. “
Frost & Sullivan estimates the Asean IoT market to be valued at US $ 1.68 billion in 2015, and expects it to grow 35% per year to $ 7.53 billion. US dollars in 2020. By comparison, Asia Pacific’s (Apac) total spending on IoT is expected to reach $ 79 billion by 2020.