Photo - Faris Yahaya, MD, Cyberview.
Malaysian technology enabler Cyberview has secured Smart City Catalyst funding from the national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) to roll out a Smart Traffic Management System in Cyberjaya.
Cyberview's managing director Faris Yahaya said Smart Traffic Lights was another step in Cyberjaya's Smart City development and was first announced in the National Internet of Things (IoT) Strategic Roadmap (a collaboration with national applied research agency MIMOS).
"The Smart Traffic Lights will be a reality, with help of the Smart City catalyst funding by MDeC," said Faris, during the official announcement. "As the Technology Hub Enabler in Malaysia, Cyberview sees the implementation of the smart city project to be inline with the goal of advancing Cyberjaya into a Global Technology Hub (GTH). The Smart Traffic Lights can be seen as a benchmark by other Smart City projects."
He said the system will help to increase the efficiency of public services and city living, improve the quality of life and create a safe city, and to improve the standard of environmental sustainability.
Telekom Malaysia (TM), through its wholly owned subsidiary Intelsec is the collaboration partner for Cyberview in the implementation of the Smart Traffic Lights, added Faris.
"The installation of smart solutions for the first time in Cyberjaya also enhances the Living Lab proposition of using Cyberjaya as a test bed for new and innovative technologies. The project can be set as a benchmark to be followed by other Smart City projects," he said, adding that the adoption of Smart Cities solutions will help to increase the attractiveness of MSC Malaysia business locations to ICT investors and MSC Malaysia status companies.
Faris said the traffic lights will communicate between the intersections and will be linked across the eight intersections to the command centre in Cyberjaya. This will constitute phase 1 of the smart city project.
As the system will be IoT-based, the traditional infrastructure that is usually associated with a centralised traffic management system - legacy connectivity, hard-wired data collection systems - will not be used, he said.
Instead, each intersection will be equipped with an LTE-equipped controller which controls cameras with analytic capabilities, that is mounted above the traffic lights. The camera will analyse the traffic situation, and will intelligently direct traffic at the intersection to reduce time cars waiting time at traffic lights.
Data collected from the cameras will be wirelessly transmitted over the cloud to a central Traffic Management Command Centre, which will have direct access to the controllers of the traffic lights.
The Cyberjaya Smart Traffic Lights is the first project under the purview of Cyberview's Smart City Infrastructure focus. The goal of the focus is to improve the efficiency and quality of infrastructure in Cyberjaya. Other focus areas under Cyberview's Smart City Framework includes Smart Environment, Smart Economy and Smart Social.
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