MMDA unveils high-tech metrobase

January 8, 2014 11:27 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 8 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) unveiled Wednesday a high-technology Traffic Signalization System (TSS) aimed at improving the monitoring and management of the traffic condition in the metropolis.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the TSS is a highly advanced traffic management network implemented in partnership with Spain-based technology firm Indra in a consortium with Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation (MIESCOR).

President Benigno Aquino III who graced the occasion said the new system will allow the MMDA to remotely control traffic lights all over Metro Manila.

The MMDA Chief said that the project is worth P295 million, including the newly built Command and Control Center in Makati City also known as Metrobase building.

He added that the system will initially be implemented in 85 priority intersections and 25 traffic control/video surveillance locations around Metro Manila.

Tolentino said the system can help improve the safety of pedestrians, commuters and vehicles through well-coordinated signal routes resulting to faster travel time and reduction of traffic congestion.

“It can analyze and consolidate information for faster mobility,improved road safety, optimized vehicle flow and pedestrian movement, and reduced travel times,” said Tolentino adding this will be made possible with the new system and the installation of 25 new fiber optic high defiinition Pan-Tilt-Zoom Traffic Control/Video surveillance cameras and 36 45-inch video screens thatshall monitor activities.

The MMDA Chief also said that in the future, this new system will be able to manage up to 500 intersections. TSS aims to upgrade, automate, and optimize the management and traffic engineering installations around Metro Manila.

Tolentino said a bulk of its proposed P2.65-billion budget for 2014 would be used for the installation of 161 new traffic signal lights and systems in the metropolis as well as for the purchase of flood control equipment.

He also said Metro Manila has a total of 421 traffic signal lights and many of them would have to be replaced as part of a traffic master plan.

He added that some of the new traffic lights, especially those at strategic intersections, will use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and be fitted with closed-circuit television cameras. These will then be hooked up to a monitoring center at the MMDA’s headquarters in Makati City.

According to Tolentino, the replacement of the traffic lights will cost P399 million to complete. (PNA)



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