Hyderabad: The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has entered into an agreement with a French firm for the implementation of Smart Transport System in the corporation.
Speaking to media persons on Wednesday, Transport Minister P. Mahender Reddy informed that M/s Lumiplan ITS India Pvt. Ltd., had submitted a proposal for “Proof of Concept implementation of Smart Transport Systems” in TSRTC,
under the Indo-French protocol called FASEP (for supporting Indo-French collaborations in the field of sustainable development) to study, develop, implement and evaluate different IT solutions with no financial commitment and no direct cost to TSRTC.
The French Government will support the technical collaboration and reimburse to French firms the costs of expertise, travels and material brought from France under the FASEP protocol.
The French firms will invest in terms of providing temporary license, customization, on the cloud infrastructure and business development / communication in India. He said that the French Government has agreed to spend Rs. 20 crore on the project.
The objective of the Proof of Concept project is to study and demonstrate on the field the usage of innovative solutions for a better public transport in Hyderabad. GPS tracking and advanced on-board electronic equipment will be used for having in a real-time basis the status of TSRTC buses.
The information will be used for different purposes viz. informing the passengers on a real-time basis, monitoring and correcting the operations by TSRTC, consolidating statistics for further optimization and better planning.
The passengers will be informed through solar LED displays, multimodal smart phone app and multimedia screens at the bus stations/shelters.
Under the pilot implementation all necessary infrastructure at the depots and central location will be provided, installed and maintained during the pilot by the French companies. A team of 5 people from traffic department, including a project manager shall be provided by TSRTC along with Systems,
Internet facility and transport facilities to visit the sites (depots, bus stations etc.). Minimum facilities (office space, internet connection, access to the depots, vehicles etc.) shall be provided to the teams and for deploying control room.
There will be no commitment or any kind of liability from TSRTC for any further involvement or costs. If the results of the pilot are not satisfactory, the entire installed infrastructure can be removed by the French companies with no cost to TSRTC.
If the results are considered satisfactory for some or all components, the solutions (hardware, software and infrastructure) will be transferred to TSRTC at no cost.
The French companies will then provide experts in order to design the products for a full implementation of the demonstrated solution In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding has been entered into with M/s Ixxi S.A.S.U. Project implementation period is 9 months.
Electronic equipment will be provided and deployed by the French firms in around 40 vehicles. Four Solar displays will be deployed on the field by the French firms. All Software will be installed and integrated on the Cloud.
The routes 115 (Koti to Uppal), 115BV, 115C, 115ZP, 113K/L and 113M/VV have been shortlisted for the Pilot Implementation.
Transport Department Principal Secretary Sunil Sharma, GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, French delegation members John Marc and other senior officials were also present on the occasion. (INN)