C-DAC– Thiruvananthapuram and IIT Bombay organised the Second International Conference on International Transportation Systems (InTranSe 2011) at IIT Bombay recently. Prof H P Khincha, Chairman, National Steering Committee, ITS Project delivered the keynote address while Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay, gave the presidential address. T K Sarkar, Group Coordinator (R&DE), DIT and Rajat Moona, Director General, CDAC were felicitated on the occasion. Prof Tom Mathew of IIT Bombay and P Ravikumar of C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram spoke on Second Generation CoSiCoSt while Ajit Kumar, Director, Pell Frischmann Limited spoke on the challenges for, and opportunities of ITS implementation in India. CSRK Prasad, Head, Transport Division, NIT Warangal who spoke on ITS policy issues in India, pointed out some of the major issues in implementing ITS in the country: The slow and fragmented nature of ITS development, the lack of transportation infrastructure and cost limitations, lack of standards and regular research initiatives, and absence of a scientific authority for technology development and standardisation. Ashish Verma, from IISc, Bangalore described some of the potential uses of ITS. As a case study, he described LAVIA – the French Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) system and its operation in three modes – advisory, voluntary active and mandatory active modes.
G Sateesh, Joint Director, Control and Instrumentation Group, C-DAC, while speaking on implementing Intelligent Parking Lot Management Systems (IPLMS) in India, informed that the IPLMS has location and maps of all parking lots in a city, and is able to identify the best and nearest parking lot. It also provides the facility to book slots in parking lots in advance. Gopal Patil, IIT Bombay; Isac Newton Robert, General Manager, KELTRON; Dr Rajesh Krishnan, Imperial College, London; Christopher Francis of UICON; Praveen Sood IPS, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Bangalore; Rashmi Bhosle, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; Sukhdev Bhogal of Traficon; Dr Sunil Sharma of NIT Hamirpur and Jerry Daniel of C-DAC were some of the other speakers on the occasion who brought out the intricacies of various traffic applications, policies and implementation.