IIT Roorkee wins ministry challenge to develop interactive passenger information system

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IIT Roorkee won the Smart Move Innovative Urban Mobility Challenge organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for the development of an interactive passenger information system.

IIT Roorkee won a challenge organized by the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs. (Photo courtesy: PTI)

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee won the Smart Move Innovative Urban Mobility Challenge for the development of an interactive passenger information system (PIS) to predict congestion levels in the transport system by commmon. The challenge was organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) supported by the Smart Cities Mission, the National Institute of Urban Affairs and GIZ India.

What is the Smart Move innovative urban mobility challenge?

The Smart Move Challenge is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs supported by the Smart Cities Mission which was launched in November 2020 to accelerate India’s smart city mission by inviting proposals from around the world.

Around 80 teams took part in the challenge, of which 10 teams were shortlisted to develop the product and then present their work to the jury in October 2021.

Among these, the 3 best proposals selected in the challenge will be awarded contracts with a joint value of 20,000,000 as well as an opportunity to present their solution to the Smart Cities Mission, the Indian government.

About the passenger information system

  • The IIT Roorkee team developed an interactive passenger information system (PIS) and integrated a route planning algorithm, real-time congestion levels.
  • This system consists of an Android application for end users and a web page to replicate the digital passenger information board installed at bus stops.
  • The route planning algorithm integrates advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence models trained on historical ticketing data to predict congestion levels in the transit system.
  • For the real-time occupation of public transport vehicles using CCTV images, the product is complemented by computer vision models.

Speaking of his team’s recent accomplishments, Professor Amit Agarwal, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee, said, “The constant efforts of the students and the IIT Roorkee ecosystem led to the award-winning end product. The products developed are effective in empowering and encouraging the population to adopt a redesigned transport system. “

He further added, “The information system will not only increase transit ridership, but also ensure fairness for all user segments to improve overall convenience and strengthen decision making. of transit users in planning the safest journey during Covid recovery times and beyond. this.”

The team hopes to increase the robustness of the application for large-scale deployment and make it available to other metropolitan areas in the future.

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