MMDA improves its traffic system | Investigator’s News
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has launched a P295 million digital traffic light system, a system that can automatically calculate vehicle volume and indicate which lane in an intersection needs “more green light time.” “.
As part of the first phase of the upgrade, 85 traffic lights and controllers, as well as 25 high-definition Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras were installed at priority intersections in the metropolis, all linked to the command center. and MMDA control in Guadalupe, Makati City.
At the launch on Wednesday, Indra’s account manager Jonathan Aguirre explained that “the old system is based on a fixed timer. You cannot change it even if the traffic volume is low.
“Now the automatic operating mode allows more ‘green’ (light) time in the direction that needs it most. And that can actually be changed (at MMDA), without having to go to the intersection, ”Aguirre said.
Indra’s project manager Carl Decloedt added that the new system “takes real-time data from the streets [through] ground loop detectors.
The sensors process the number of vehicles and calculate the volume of traffic on site and in real time. “Based on this, the system calculates the best time for the traffic lights,” Decloedt said.
President Aquino, the guest of honor, noted that Metro Manila struggled with 14-year-old traffic management technologies.
“Most of the equipment, like the controllers at more than 400 intersections, has been used to its maximum and needs to be replaced. This does not even include faulty traffic lights and loop detectors which, instead of being instruments of order and safety, sometimes even cause accidents, ”said Mr. Aquino.
In 2013, he said, there were two million cars registered in the capital, with heavy traffic resulting in lost working hours and income worth “2.5 billion pesos per day”.
Aquino hoped the new system would provide a “faster and more accurate response” to the notorious traffic jams in Metro Manila and would also be useful as a public safety and security tool, referring to CCTV cameras.
The president, who at the start of his term imposed a “no wang-wang policy” on his own fleet of vehicles by not using vehicle sirens just to navigate heavy traffic, said the new technology should be supplemented by discipline among motorists.
“I hope we will develop the discipline. Even though sometimes we are tempted to lose our temper or get bored on the road, don’t make an excuse for breaking the law, ”he told an audience including several mayors of Metro Manila.
“No one has the right to behave with this wang-wang mentality or act like a king on the road,” the president said.
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