Bhubaneswar: The much-awaited Adaptive Traffic Signal Control (ATSC) Solution is ready at 50 junctions across the city by Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL).
Main objective of this project is to provide traffic and transit management services to the Traffic Police in support of improving congestion and reducing delays in the Smart city.
ATSC apart there will be 14 pelican signals and 5 blinkers at different locations to ensure road safety conditions. The pelicans and blinkers are in due process of getting installed and they would be completed very soon.
While the pelicans could be used by the pedestrians to cross the busy roads by pressing a signal button to stop traffic for the safe passage of the crowd to the other side of the road, blinkers would help the commuters to be cautious while manoeuvring near an important junction.
The ATSC has got several important features which are implemented for the first time in the city, which, in future would be integrated in the centralised command and control centre. The important features of the ATSC are:
- Improve travel time reliability by progressively moving vehicles through intersections.
- Reduction in congestion by creating smoother flow across intersections.
- Distribution of green phase time equitably for all approaches.
- Faster response to traffic conditions and emergencies.
- Adaptive Traffic Signal Control solution not only collect real time traffic data but also optimizes the signal phases in real time to reduce delays.
- Advantages over fixed time signals is that the adaptive signals will support predicting traffic volumes and adjust signal timings to match these volumes.
Specially designed uniform traffic poles with signals mounted on horizontal cantilevers enhanced visibility of signals from long distance. Directional signage put atop traffic poles provide improved visibility.
As an innovative step towards ensuring optimum use of green (renewable) energy source, the entire traffic signal control network is operated on solar energy generated from composite solar panels fitted on the signals.
To integrate all the 50 ATSC systems a temporary traffic signal control room has started operating at the BSCL office in Bhawani Mall. However, once the Master System Integrator (MSI) starts working for the city coordinating all ICT-based interventions, the traffic signal control room would be integrated to that. Till the MSI sets up temporary command and control centre, the traffic signal control room would operate from BSCL office.
It may be noted that Adaptive traffic signal control solution was first implemented on pilot basis at five intersections on the busy Sachivalaya Marg Street of Bhubaneswar and was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik on 22nd June 2017.
The Adaptive Traffic Signal Control solution in Bhubaneswar uses the latest technology in traffic engineering, Composite Signal Control Strategy (CoSiCoSt), developed by C-DAC, Pune.