PH gov?t mulling Japan?s Intelligent Transport System

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[/caption] The seminar, which is being attended by representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), aims to discuss ITS and its application in the Philippines. The event is being eyed as a venue for the development of strategies for designing and implementing a cost-effective intelligent transport system in the country similar to Japan?s traffic system, which has been implemented in Thailand, Singapore, and Brazil. The seminar is part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency?s (JICA)?s extended technical assistance for the Philippines Mega Manila Region Highway Network Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Integration Project. A JICA study team, together with the DPWH and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), are jointly formulating a masteplan to mitigate traffic congestions and to improve traffic safety and environment in the National Capital Region. DPWH secretary Rogelio L. Singson said the seminar is an opportunity to learn and analyze various ITS project and technologies of Japan across Asia and Brazil in South America and identify the most adaptable solution to the snarling traffic in the Philippines. In the Philippines, a signaling project known as SMART System (State-of-the-Art Metro Manila Adaptive Responsive Traffic System) has been undertaken by the DPWH for the upgrading and development of traffic signals in the metropolis. It uses the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (SCATS) Technology and was first used in Cebu City. SCATS uses detectors embedded in the pavement to determine the congestion level of road networks. It is a dynamic demand-responsive traffic system used for area-wide control, the signal timings therefore evolve in response to detected traffic demand. Under the implementation of the Traffic Engineering and Management-Project Management Office (TEAM-PMO), DPWH is also installing advance traffic signals along Manila North Road, a multi-year program of the department in line with the objective of decongestion of major arterial roads leading to and from Metro Manila. Traffic signal design between Meycauayan, Bulacan to Gerona, Tarlac section of Manila North Road are equipped with vehicle and pedestrian sensors capable of adjusting green time in accordance with the real traffic demand. The traffic signal lanterns are LED (light emitting diode)-based, which is a new technology providing as much as 80-percent reduction in power consumption and offers a much longer useful lifespan making it much more reliable and efficient. ]]>

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