ITIS to be incorporated into navigation app Waze

By GEORGE WONG | 11 June 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: City Hall (DBKL) is planning to incorporate the Integrated Transportation Information System (ITIS) into the traffic and navigation application, Waze, to address traffic congestion in the city.

Urban Transportation Department director Dr Leong Siew Mun said the plan was still being discussed.

“Hopefully by mid-next year, ITIS will be incorporated into Waze.

“This will allow Waze app users to see real-time traffic images and plan their journey.

“By using both ITIS and Waze, we will be able to pin-point the locations of any accidents or incidents that cause traffic congestions.

“We can then broadcast to ITIS’ Special Unit Response Team and the police, for them, to take immediate action,” he said during a visit to the Transport Management Centre (TMC) with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib and several other MPs.

The visit was conducted specifically to highlight the functions of ITIS for the MPs.

After the discussion, the group was brought into the TMC, a surveillance room with several monitors connected to CCTV cameras showing live-traffic conditions in Kuala Lumpur.

The mayor said the meeting was successful with the MPs giving positive feedback on the initiatives.

“We are trying to provide a more synchronised, centralised system with the police department and highway concessionaires.

“ITIS can also be used to control and change traffic lights to ease traffic as well as to ensure heavy vehicles do not enter at peak hours.

“We also have 225 cameras equipped with public speaker phones around the city, and 10 of these have been placed at yellow boxes to tackle and monitor the situation, and make known to motorists not to stop in the yellow boxes,” he said.

Bandar Tun Razak MP Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said he was optimistic about the traffic management system.

“If used properly, it will help ease road congestions and can be used as a tool to study the flow of traffic,” he said.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng was impressed with the project.

“According to the mayor, ITIS has more than 1,000 CCTV cameras and up to today, about 99.5% of them are up and running.

“The system also has 139 Variable Message Sign (VMS) installed with 100% in working condition.

“I think it will give a certain level of deterrence to would-be criminals, although not much,” he said.