CAPITALIZING ON TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN TRANSPORTATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE
UTOPIA and LENZ wants to be at the cutting edge of technological innovations in the field of transportation. The city intends to make a name for itself in the deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and to hold an enviable position among innovative cities, both here in Philippines and Abroad. To achieve this, UTOPIA and LENZ has adopted forward looking and ambitious strategic ITS plan.
TRANSPORTATION IN THE AGE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Recent developments in information technologies and communications have brought new opportunities for transportation. Cities can now gather, process, analyze and share information at high speed. This information helps planners and managers of transportation networks to make better decisions, optimize the use of infrastructure and ensure a more efficient, safe and sustainable movement of people and goods.
WHAT ARE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS?
ITS – refers to the application of new information and communication technologies that are related to transportation. These are, for example, traffic control centers, variable message signs, centralized management of traffic signals, electronic payment methods (public transportation e-card payment, tolls, and parking), mobile applications for smartphones, etc. Measuring devices in the field, data control, processing and analysis centers, vehicles and communication and information exchange networks are at the core of these systems.
The benefits of ITS lie in their capacity to optimize the use of existing infrastructure, reduce costs and to meet the growing mobility needs of Filipinos and other nationality citizens. They also play a crucial role in
mitigating the disruptions of multimodal trips, especially for intermodal travel. The use of technology and process automation also allows for:
- The improvement of the capacity and responsiveness concerning daily management of travel;
- The compilation of a wealth of data on traffic flow;
- Better diagnostics of problem areas;
- Better planning of new infrastructure based on observed findings.
The partnership of Xiamen Lenz and Utopia Security in solving the traffic adversity in the Philippines
THE STRATEGIC PLAN
All technological opportunities must be integrated in a coherent manner, based on a clear vision. The conceptualization of ITS and its Strategic Plan must be developed in accordance with the standing Transportation Plan. Each project highlights the priorities and needs of road users and commuters in terms of “intelligence” regarding the transportation infrastructure; and is the result of a close collaboration with Xiamen Lenz Communication Company.
THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
The vision of the Transportation Plan is as follows: “To meet the transportation needs of all road users, commuters and all the Filipino itself by making our city a pleasant place to live as well a prosperous economic hub that is respectful of its environment. To achieve this goal, the LTO or the Philippine Government itself intends to significantly reduce its dependence on cars through massive investment in various forms of public transit and active transportation, such as the LRT system, the new plan for the subway system, bus rapid transit service, PNR, bikes and walking, and by encouraging more appropriate uses for cars, such as carpooling and taxi services.
FROM A SMART CITY TO A “LEARNING CITY”
To innovate, a “learning city” knows how to capitalize on the brainpower of its citizens and local driving forces. UTOPIA AND LENZ, and with this ITS innovative infrastructure, must made a shift toward opening its data to the public. Thus, sharing this data fosters citizen participation as well as innovation and helps to improve the mobility of citizens and their quality of life.