In considerations of synchronizing development between ITS of Kaohsiung City and National ITS, ITS development schedule of National ITS Plan (estimated 2003-2010), and launch of high-speed railway by the end of 2005 and Kaohsiung Rapid Transit system by the end of 2007, ITS development in Kaohsiung is divided into 4 phases in this project. The planning of the entire project is commissioned to CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc., Taiwan. The execution of first to third phases of establishment is contracted to VSprite Co., Ltd. and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2007. Phase 4 is scheduled to commence in 2008.
In addition to traditional traffic controllers and traffic information release, the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) aims to integrate existing relevant systems and those under construction into the same Traffic Control Center, including Real-Time Urban Arterial Traffic Information System, Dynamic Real-Time Public Transportation Information System, and Traffic Facility Database System, in order to coordinate information exchange and release and further enhance overall efficiency of traffic management.
Project objectives are as follows:
- Make the most use of the current traffic accommodation on each road and at each intersection.
- Keep the traffic network service acceptable.
- Reinforce tailor-made services by providing travelers with the real-time traffic information from the places of departure to their destinations.
- Quickly detect, handle and smooth away traffic accidents, and provide travelers with the real-time accident information for fear of traffic congestion caused by traffic accidents.
- Reduce the frequency of traffic accidents and improve driving safety.
- Enhance the traffic efficiency of buses, and reduce the use of private transportation.
- Reduce traffic costs and fuel consumption as well as solve the problem of air and noise pollution by reducing road/intersection delay.
Information from roadside surveillance and monitor equipment and other traffic organizations are delivered to Traffic Control Center, where information is gathered, analyzed, processed, and distributed to allow traffic control personnel to react, recognize, determine rapidly,and the public can also get the real-time traffic information through the Internet, PDAs, mobile phones, traffic signals, and other facilities.
. Such information is also published to general public through all types of signboards or related equipment on the roads. Below is an illustration of Intelligent Transportation Systems: