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Singapore to use big data, analytics for smarter, greener transport system

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 14:15

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In his speech at the Committee of Supply Debate, Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng said that big data and analytics will be used to improve train reliability as well as help public bus operators to track the location of their buses.

SINGAPORE will make its transport system smarter and cleaner.

In his speech at the Committee of Supply Debate, Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng said that big data and analytics will be used to improve train reliability as well as help public bus operators to track the location of their buses.

And with more comprehensive traffic data, traffic flow will be smoothened.

He said: "In time to come, we will be able to integrate private transport data as well. Using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology and through the in-vehicle units installed in all vehicles in Singapore, we will get aggregated, comprehensive and real-time data on road traffic."

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Traffic flows will improve as motorists are provided with access traffic data that will help them to decide on the fastest or least congested route. It will also enable the traffic light system to respond more intelligently and optimally to different traffic conditions.

Mr Ng added that the next-generation Electronic Road Pricing System, to be rolled out progressively from 2020 and which is based on GNSS technology, will enable the collection of comprehensive, real-time, aggregated traffic data, and disseminate this directly to motorists.

"This information will also help LTA (the Land Transport Authority) develop a more accurate picture of the real-time traffic situation and intervene where necessary, such as by adjusting traffic light timings and providing traffic light priority for buses."

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