Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Bangkok could reap $1bn a year through ITS, says report

Steve Rogerson
September 1, 2015
The successful implementation of intelligent transport systems (ITSs) in Bangkok could reduce travel times, carbon dioxide emissions and road accidents, driving social and economic benefits of up to US$1bn per year, according to a report from the GSMA.
In addition, the case study on Bangkok’s transportation indicated that ITSs can also potentially result in long-term positive changes in commuter habits and encourage citizens to use safe and environmentally friendly ways of commuting.
“There is a growing recognition of the significant benefits ITSs can have on the environment, in improving productivity, safety and overall quality of life,” said Chris Zull, the GSMA’s spectrum director for Asia. “ITS solutions have been successfully implemented around the world, particularly in developed countries, to address major transportation challenges. As mobile connectivity rates in Asia rise exponentially, dense metropolitan centres like Bangkok have a real opportunity to dramatically improve traffic flow, increase productivity, reduce vehicular pollution and even save lives.”
ITSs integrate communications and information technology applications into the management and operation of transportation systems across all modes of transport. ITS applications range from traveller information and traffic management to transport pricing and payment systems, as well as pedestrian and vehicle safety applications. In a typical ITS, data collected from vehicles, infrastructure or users are aggregated, analysed and then delivered back to them, allowing for better informed and more timely commute decisions.
Increasing urbanisation around the world is putting more stress on city planners to make transportation infrastructure more efficient and safer. As the world becomes increasingly connected, advanced applications such as ITS provide innovative ways to manage traffic and enable users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated and smarter use of transport networks.
According to the report, implementing ITS in Bangkok could lead to a reduction in travel time of between two to four days per commuter per year. In addition, CO2 emissions contributed by road traffic could be reduced by ten to twenty per cent, or three to five million metric tonnes per year. Lastly, ITS could reduce the number of road accidents by up to 8000 per year, possibly saving up to 100 lives or nearly a quarter of the annual road traffic deaths reported in Bangkok in 2013.
ITSs can be delivered over a broad range of wireless and wire-line communications-based information and electronics technologies. Given the broad range of public and private interests, an ideal ITS environment involves collaboration between the different stakeholders in the value chain, in particular automotive manufacturers and connectivity providers as well as governments and their agencies.