Automatic Traffic Monitoring in India

World leaders in automatic traffic monitoring, MetroCount, visited India last week to attend TrafficInfraTech Expo in Mumbai.

The event was the perfect place to share their wealth of traffic monitoring advice to government agencies, toll operators and survey companies India-wide.

One of their key messages? When using equipment to automatically collect traffic data, it is paramount to consider the road context in each country. In the video below, Business Development Manager, Maurice explains that the Indian road context includes an endemic culture of poor lane discipline.

To tackle this issue, MetroCount continues to collaborate with local authorities, survey companies and engineers to develop vehicle classification schemes and analysis techniques that are relevant to Indian traffic.

Authorities have established new regulations, invested in developing the road network, and promoted educational campaigns to improve lane discipline.

The NHAI now use Automatic Traffic Counters/Classifiers (ATCCs) to collect accurate traffic data and these have been installed across the country to measure campaign success, improve road safety and inform on road maintenance.

Traffic monitoring to improve road safety

According to a recent report released by the Indian Road Transport Ministry, wrong-side driving accounts for nearly a quarter of all traffic fatalities. That means 24 lives are taken every single day!

The report also revealed an alarming rise in road fatalities in 2018, with 3,500 more people losing their lives on Indian roads than in 2017.

On a positive note, an increased emphasis on road safety was evident this year, both at the expo and throughout Indian media channels.

The iSafe Safer India Challenge encourages students and university alumni to compete at creating solutions to widespread road safety issues.

An increased use of ATCCs designed for Indian roads also means that accurate traffic information is being gathered to inform authorities. This data can be used to:

  • detect speeding hot spots and peak times;
  • more effectively enforce speed reduction (through well-placed signage and targeted police enforcement);
  • identify dangerous wrong-side drivers;
  • plan safer infrastructure upgrades;
  • aid congestion reduction efforts.

Authorities are choosing to use the RoadPod® VT (for single carriageways) and the RoadPod® VT4 (for multiple lane roads).

Effective road maintenance

Recently CM Nitish Kumar emphasised the importance of using technology to monitor rural roads and highways in particular.

“Since the number of vehicles has increased manifold, it has become necessary to maintain the roads properly.” 

Nitish Kumar – Chief Minister of Bihar

Information provided by ATCCs helps road managers effectively maintain and manage their roads by providing information on heavy vehicle use, dangerous infrastructure areas and congestion.

For example, acquiring volume and speed data for trucks and other multi-axle vehicles allows better insight into where and when road-resurfacing is required.

Monitoring tollways with permanent technology

Automatic Traffic Monitoring in India

Multiple toll operators approached MetroCount at the Expo to evaluate the RoadPod® VP permanent data collection system. This solution provides extremely accurate information on every axle and records reliably, 24/7 through all conditions.

Toll operators see the benefit of this system for validating toll numbers and classifications and to measure seasonal trends or year-on-year growth.

MetroCount’s Indian Representative

With a rapidly growing client-base, MetroCount has partnered with Indian-based 3E Consultants to be able to provide technical consultation, sales and support locally.

3E Consultant manager, Raghu, was on-hand at the MetroCount’s TrafficInfraTech stand. Raghu will continue to represent MetroCount once the delegation returns to Australia.

It was great to catch up with some of MetroCount’s long-standing, valued clients such as DataCorp, Samarth & Aimil at the expo. MetroCount looks forward to attending many more times in the future.

Photos from TrafficInfraTech Expo 2019

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