For most of the Industry visitors, the common takeaway from The Expo has been the revelation that there is no dearth of technologies available, but what we need is the knowledge for right applications, . especially to bring down road accidents and also to improve transport infrastructure efficiency.
“In the recent past, we have seen many technological advancements in Traffic Management. This Expo was definitely an excellent platform to witness the latest technology in the traffic, transport & highway segments,”said BK Thakur, COO, IHMCL
Today, India needs an integrated public transport system which does good for their health and also reduce traffic on our roads. According to Dr Rajender Pensiya, Special Secretary- Urban Development, Government of Uttar Pradesh, made a special mention about the emergency button introduced for the Women Safety. “I appreciate the organizers because all solutions are found under-one-roof: from solutions for traffic strip and checking the strength of the road to CCTV cameras or traffic count. If an authority has to decongest the city and introduce smart mobility in an urban scenario, this is a right place to find solution.”
Transportation and mobility are the heart of the urban lifestyles, and public transportation is one of the important elements. Jagan Shah, Senior Fellow, Artha Global, believes, “TrafficInfraTech expo is a right platform where one can see a lot of technology and services being developed by the private sector to help cater to improvement of delivering transportation as service for all the citizens. An Expo like this helps in bringing together all the stakeholders to offer better quality of life the citizens.”
Elated Abhishek Parihar, Business Head, Scope Chemicals Pvt Ltd, said, “I am glad to meet new players from the traffic industry. I am quite impressed with technologies on display, however, I would like to mention about this particular system from Norway which is a road stud with solar panels being embedded in its poly-carbon strips. Technology has taken a step forward in providing road safety solutions which is very important, not just its utility but it has to be aesthetically pleasing too. One need to innovate with the products continuously, and the Expos are the great platform where the service/solution provider can show what value-addition they can bring in to existing products.”
For traffic solution seekers like Ashwini Swami, Deputy RTO, Motor Vehicle Department, Buldhana district, Maharashtra, there were many new technologies that could be implemented to change the driver behavior. She was particularly impressed with a reflective tape that can be stuck to the rumbler strips which glows at night in green. This helps in identifying the blind spot or hair-pin bends & turns at night. “I will be putting forth my key learnings at the zilla or district-level meetings. This can definitely help the netizens especially on highway roads connecting rural India.”
Post-COVID there is a need for lot of solutions especially Indian cities are growing rampantly, it is a big challenge for all the government machinery to control, decongest and de-regularise traffic. Dr Vinaykumar Rathod, DCP- Traffic, Thane City Police “the latest of the technology required for the traffic management system were bought together under one roof which is very commendable.”
Similarly, Raj Tilak Roshan, DCP-Traffic, Mumbai Police was impressed with the Smart Barricade with CCTV camera which could detect speed, this is an ideal system to implement at the nakabandhis. Another was a software solution, an accident detection of slow-moving vehicles. “In cities like Mumbai, if there are any vehicles stuck on the road, it creates a lot of catastrophe. By the time, the enforcement authorities react and reach the spot, it creates a lot of traffic backlog. My purpose of visiting this Expo was to look for solutions in such cases. I am glad to find many technologies under one roof.”
BJV Prasad Rao, SPV-Head, Athaang-Dichpally Tollways Pvt Ltd, Telangana was impressed by the lineup of new technology on display, especially the unique road safety system that determines the traffic volumes. “We came looking for ATCC, PTZ, classifier cameras and the ones related to Traffic fines.”
Rushikesh Ingle, Assistant Project Manager, Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Ltd, was emphatic that attending expo was an interesting experience. He could get an insight to various gadgets/equipment like ITMS, Vehicle Tracking Systems and Smart Traffic Signal. “The expo also gave us an exposure to international trends. We thank the organizers for inviting us.”
To Vinay Shah, Senior Vice President, Patel Infrastructure Ltd the overall experience of attending the expo and conference was quite enlightening. “I was particularly interested on software for classification & counting of the vehicles. I have gathered information on the Automatic Vehicle Counters, which will be put forth to my higher-ups”.
Dhananjoy Kumar Bampat, Superintending Engineer- Transport Department, Government of Bihar highlighted a couple of products that could possibly be implemented in Gandhinagar city. He explained, “We require a system that provides us with data and analysis and simple & smart solutions for infrastructure-based development. Solutions like different road safety equipment displayed, when introduced, can mitigate road accidents in Bihar and India at large.”
For Deepak Kumar, Traffic Manager, Haryana Roadways, this was his first visit and he is sure of visiting the Expo next year too. To Pradeep Mitra Manjunath, Chief Engineer, PWD- Karnataka, both the conference sessions and the technology showcasing were quite educational and informative and gave his team an exposure to international trends.
Purushottam Agarwal, Owner, Swastik Telesystems added, “The Conference was very interesting. There is so much growth going on in India that Traffic Operations have to keep pace with the growth. There are a lot of opportunities for maximising traffic safety in India.”
R A Rajeev, Director, Urban World Consulting, summed it up aptly
“I was impressed with the participation from several technology partners, sectors related to traffic and road engineering, and the display of the latest products & systems.”