Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad launched an ‘M2Smart Project’ Testbed to develop low-carbon models for Indian transportation
The event was held in the presence of IIT Hyderabad and Japanese Researchers along with the officials from Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Traffic Police and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). The Testbed will generate a practical ‘handbook’ on low carbon urban transportation for developing countries based on big data of Indian transportation and create traffic flow models from the data analysis.
The field testbed system has been deployed at IIT-H campus and along a 30 km stretch of NH-65. There are many key components of traffic management system such as real-time traffic flow monitoring using cameras and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi sensors, speed detection safety system, conflict warning system using traffic signal lights and remote environment gas sensing in IIT-H campus as well as NH 65. Electric rickshaws also run inside the campus and are used to understand the driving cycle of e-vehicles and to implement the V2X technology.
The traffic monitoring is done not only at Hyderabad city but also in Ahmedabad city where IIT Hyderabad researchers have established traffic monitoring cameras at one of the major Junction in the city. They are able to monitor and compare the differences between Hyderabad and Ahmedabad traffic conditions in real-time.
‘M2Smart’ is a joint research project under the SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development Program) program between India and Japan. As many as 14 Professors and 20 Research Scholars from IIT Hyderabad will be working alongside 21 Professors and Researchers from Nihon University, Japan, and 13 researchers from Nagoya Electric Works, Japan.
Further, Dr. Digvijay S. Pawar, Group Head and Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, added, “The proposed ITS system seeks to retrieve and combine the information available from vehicles and roadside in a synergistic framework so that a transferable and flexible yet sensible system can be deployed in the emerging low carbon smart cities.”