INTELLIGENT URBAN TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM :ITS ARCHITECTURE
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AND STRUCCTURAL ENGINEERING
INTELLIGENT URBAN TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM
Prof. Dr. Riza Atiq Abdullah O.K. Rahmat
TASK (3) ITS ARCHITECTURE
Wael Saad Hameedi
Kajang is a town in the eastern part of Selangor, Malaysia. Kajang is the district capital
of Hulu Langat. It is located 21 kilometers from Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The current locational gravity of growth in Kajang would be Sungai Chua. The total
population of Kajang has grown rapidly in the past few years, with estimated population
growth of 9% per annum. The soon-to-be-realised Klang Valley MRT station in Bandar
Kajang will boost the property value in Sungai Chua.
Areas surrounding these new townships are easily accessible via the SILK Expressway.
Kajang is governed by the Majlis Perbandaran Kajang. Kajang is well connected with
many major highway and expressway like Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway as a ring
road of Kajang,Cheras-Kajang Expressway, North-South Expressway
(NSE) (Malay: Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan) with Kajang exit and Kajang-Seremban
Expressway at the south of Kajang near Semenyih. Because the position of Kajang
between three major city (Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and Putrajaya), this city is included
in Klang Valley or Greater Kuala Lumpur. Public transport available in Kajang are bus,
taxi, and train. It is frequently observed in a rapidly growing city like Kajang that traffic
congestion and long queues at intersections occur during peak hours. This problem is
mainly due to the poor coordination between adjacent traffic signal controls, resulting in
inefficient progressive traffic flows (or commonly known as the unattainable „green wave
effect‟). Other problems are the inability of existing sensors to determine actual traffic
demand and the conventional control methodology is unable to determine suitable green
time split whenever the traffic demand exceeds capacity. In addition, suitable strategies to
disperse congested traffic in major towns and cities cannot be formulated due to the
unavailability of experienced traffic experts.
Traffic Management System :
The Traffic Management System (TMS) field is a primary subfield within the
Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) domain. The ATMS view is a top-down
management perspective that integrates technology primarily to improve the flow of
vehicle traffic and improve safety. Real- time traffic data from cameras, speed
sensors, etc. flows into a Transportation Management Center (TMC) where it is
integrated and processed (e.g. for incident detection), and may result in actions taken (e.g.
traffic routing, DMS messages) with the goal of improving traffic flow. The National ITS
Architecture defines the following primary goals and metrics for ITS:
• Increase transportation system efficiency,
• Enhance mobility,
• Improve safety,
• Reduce fuel consumption and environmental cost,
• Increase economic productivity, and
• Create an environment for an ITS market.
Fig (1) Traffic Management System
In 1956, the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act initiated a 35- year $114
billion program that designed and constructed the Interstate highway system. This hugely
successful program was mostly complete by
1991, and the era of build-out was over. In the mid to late 1980s transportation officials
from Federal and State governments, the private sector, and universities began a series of
informal meetings discussing the future of transportation. This included meetings held by
the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in October 1986 to discuss
technology applied to future advanced highways. In June 1988 in Washington, DC, the
group formalized its structure and chose the name Mobility 2000. In 1990, Mobility 2000
morphed into ITS America, the main ITS advocacy and policy group in the US. The
initial name of ITS America was IVHS America and was changed in 1994 to
reflect a broader intermodal perspective. The 1991 Intermodal Surface.
Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) was the first post-build-out transportation act.
It initiated a new approach focused on efficiency, intelligence, and inter modalism. It
had a primary goal of providing “the foundation for the nation to compete in the global
economy”. This new mixture of infrastructure and technology was identified as an
Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and was the centerpiece of the 1991 ISTEA act.
IT is loosely defined as “the application of computers, communications, and sensor
technology to surface transportation”. Subsequent surface transportation bills have
continued ITS funding and development. In 2005 the SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users) surface transportation
spending bill was signed into law.
System Architect :
A systems architect provides top-level system design in the field of systems engineering.
By creating a solid framework, the systems architect ensures that a system will be able to
grow, evolve and endure. System architects both plan and implement system creation and
upgrades and are often tasked with delegating responsibilities to the appropriate parties.
In essence, the systems architect can translate the user‟s vision — whether it be an
automated production line in a factory or a sewer system in a new high rise building —
into engineering terms. The systems architect provides the practical elements by which
that vision can be achieved. By creating a strong, but flexible core design, the systems
architect lays the groundwork for innovation and advancement. A good design also allows
for recovery from a variety of setbacks and potential damages to the system.
Before creating a new system, the systems architect must study an organization and
thoroughly understand its structure. As the position requires extensive research, the
architect must be able to interact with individuals at every level of an organization from
top management to the end users. Systems architects also work closely with technical
solution providers in order to ensure that the system envisioned is a practical possibility
and is developed for optimum strength.
A Systems Architect usually has the following responsibilities:
Overall design - the blueprints which provide the map
High level planning for the development - overall steps for creation of the solution
from the blueprints
Integration constraints - rules and constraints for all components going into the
Adherence to standards whenever possible - to maximize the future
investment value and minimizing costs
Customization for individual customer needs - understanding and
recommending the best customization based upon the customer's needs (which
include anticipation of their needs and explaining it in layman terms).
PROPOSED AUTOMATIC AND INTELLIGENT URBAN
TRAFFICCONTROL (UTC) :
The optimization operation mentioned above could be carried out automatically if an
intelligent UTC were installed on site. The proposed intelligent UTC in this documents
based on fully distributed system because of the following reasons:
• The system could be adopted easily into the existing system
• Capital and operation costs are cheaper than that of centralized system
• It could be expanded to almost unlimited expansion
In contrast, most of the existing urban traffic controls are base centralized control.
In a centralized control system, all timings are calculated by a central computer. The local
controller would only implement the timing once it is received from the central computer.
Usually the system would consider the traffic in terms of smoothed flow profiles; this
makes the system slow in responding to rapidly changing traffic demands, such as
during morning peak traffic growth period.
LOGICAL ARCHITECTURE :
A logical architecture is best described as a tool that assists in organizing complex entities
and relationships. It focuses on the functional processes and information flows of a
system. Developing a logical architecture helps identify the system functions and
information flows, and guides development of functional requirements for new systems
and improvements .A logical architecture should be independent of institutions and
technology ,i.e., it should not define where or by whom functions are performed in the
system, nor should it identify how functions are to be implemented. The logical
architecture of the ITS Architecture defines a set of functions (or processes) and
information flows (or data flows) that respond to the user service requirements discussed
above. Processes and data flows are grouped to form particular transportation management
functions (e.g., manage traffic)and are represented graphically by data flow diagrams
(DFDs), or bubble charts, which decompose into several levels of detail. In these
diagrams, processes are represented as bubbles and data flows as arrows.
Processes can be further broken down into sub-processes. At the lowest level of detail in
the functional hierarchy are the process specifications (referred toas PSpecs in the
documentation). These process specifications can be thought of as the elemental functions
to be performed in order to satisfy the user service requirements (i.e., they are not broken
out any further). The information exchanges between processes and between PSpecs
are called the (logical) data flows.
Fig (2) Distributed control architecture
PHYSICAL ARCHITECTURE :
Physically the system consists of three basic components, namely the sensor (either
inductive loops, smart camera or infrared system) for collecting traffic data, the controller
for controlling traffic flows at an individual intersection and coordinator for coordinating
the timing of an individual controller with its neighbors.
The Physical Architecture provides agencies with a physical representation (though not
a detailed design) of the important ITS interfaces and major system components. It
provides a high-level structure around the processes and data flows defined in the Logical
Architecture. The principal elements in the Physical Architecture are the
23 subsystems and architecture flows that connect these subsystems and terminators into
an overall structure. A physical architecture takes the processes identified in the logical
architecture and assigns them to subsystems. In addition, the data flows (also from the
logical architecture) are grouped together into architecture flows. These architecture flows
and their communication requirements define the interfaces required between subsystems,
which form the basis for much of the ongoing standards work in the ITS program.
The Local Area Network (LAN) approach is proposed to link up all controllers as shown
in Figure 23. Each computer or microprocessor at the traffic light controllers given an IP
(Internet Protocol) address. Each computer will share traffic data and timing with its
neighbors for coordination purposes. In case where proactive control is required such as
giving priority to an emergency vehicle, the computer at the control room will override the
timing at each intersection with pre-determined timing
that gives priority flows for an intended route.
Fig (3) Local Area Network For Network Of Traffic Controllers
Sensor is a crucial element in an intelligent traffic control. The most common sensor is
inductive loop. It is very common in vehicle actuated system to detect vehicle presence .
It is also very common in an urban traffic control system to count them number or to
measure headway of approaching vehicles. However, the main drawback of the inductive
loop is its failure to measure queue length accurately. Another type of sensor is video
detection system. This system is very flexible and able to carry out traffic count and
measure queue length accurately. The price of commercial video detection system is very
high as compared to inductive loop system. However a local institution has developed a
low cost video detection system with the same capability as the commercial system. Figure
4.5 shows the video detection system currently used.
o What is the difference between physical & logical architecture?
The logical architecture is a more detailed structure defines what has to be done to support
the user services. It defines the processes that perform functions and the information or
data flows that are shared between these processes.
Logical architecture do not include physical server names or addresses. They do include
any business services, application names and details, and other relevant information for
A physical architecture has all major components and entities identified within specific
physical servers and locations or specific software services, objects, or solutions.
Include all known details such as operating systems, version numbers, and even patches
that are relevant. Any physical constraints or limitations should also be identified within
the server components, data flows, or connections. This design usually precludes or may
be included and extended by the final implementation team into an implementation design.
2- Traffic Light System :
The normal function of traffic lights requires sophisticated control and coordination to
ensure that traffic moves as smoothly and safely as possible and that pedestrians are
protected when they cross the roads. A variety of different control systems are used to
accomplish this, ranging from simple clockwork mechanisms to sophisticated
computerized control and coordination systems that self-adjust to minimize delay to
people using the road.
A traffic signal is typically controlled by a controller inside a cabinet mounted on
a concrete pad. Some electro-mechanical controllers are still in use (New York City still
had 4,800 as of 1998, though the number is lower now due to the prevalence of the signal
controller boxes). However, modern traffic controllers are solid state. The cabinet typically
contains a power panel, to distribute electrical power in the cabinet; a detector interface
panel, to connect to loop detectors and other detectors; detector amplifiers; the controller
itself; a conflict monitor unit; flash transfer relays; a police panel, to allow the police to
disable the signal; and other components.
In the United States, controllers are standardized by the NEMA, which sets standards for
connectors, operating limits, and intervals. The TS-1 standard was introduced in 1976 for
the first generation of solid-state controllers.
Traffic controllers use the concept of phases, which are directions of movement grouped
together. For instance, a simple intersection may have two phases: North/South, and
East/West. A 4-way intersection with independent control for each direction and each left-
turn, will have eight phases. Controllers also use rings; each ring is an array of
independent timing sequences. For example, with a dual-ring controller, opposing left-turn
arrows may turn red independently, depending on the amount of traffic. Thus, a typical
controller is an 8-phase, dual ring control.
Solid state controllers are required to have an independent conflict monitor unit (CMU),
which ensures fail-safe operation. The CMU monitors the outputs of the controller, and if
a fault is detected, the CMU uses the flash transfer relays to put the intersection
to FLASH, with all red lights flashing, rather than displaying a potentially hazardous
combination of signals. The CMU is programmed with the allowable combinations of
lights, and will detect if the controller gives conflicting directions a green signal, for
In the late 1990s, a national standardization effort known as the Advanced transportation
controller (ATC) was undertaken in the United States by the Institute of Transportation
Engineers. The project attempts to create a single national standard for traffic light
controllers. The standardization effort is part of the National Intelligent transportation
system program funded by various highway bills, starting with ISTEA in 1991, followed
by TEA-21, and subsequent bills. The controllers will communicate using National
Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP), based on Internet
Protocol, ISO/OSI, and ASN.1.
Battery backups installed in a separate cabinet from the traffic controller cabinet on the
Traffic lights must be instructed when to change phase and they are usually coordinated so
that the phase changes occur in some relationship to other nearby signals or to the press of
a pedestrian button or to the action of a timer or a number of other inputs.
Figure (5) Battery Backups
System architecture :
For our tests, only the pedestrian signal and call buttons were implemented with smart
signal design leaving the traffic lights under conventional traffic control operations. Fig. is
a block diagram of the distributed traffic system architecture that was built and tested for
this investigation. It consists of two independent Ethernet networks: one to provide
communications with the traffic controller and one network for the real-time control of the
distributed smart signals. The bridge node that interfaces with the traffic controller uses
the National Transportation Communications ITS Protocol (NTCIP). Also attached to
the NTCIP network are two Windows based computers for simulation and configuration.
The Traffic Operations computer generates messages to alter traffic signal timing
representative of control from a traffic operations center. This computer was also used
to implement preemption and setup the timing plans in the Traffic controller.
Video detection system for traffic Light sensor :
The point based inductive loop is widely used in conventional traffic light sensors. The
sensor is used either to detect the presence of vehicles or : to measure the gap or
headway of the arriving vehicle in the vehicle- actuated system or to count the traffic
volume and to determine the queue length in a coordinated adaptive system. In a more
sophisticated system, the sensor is also used to detect any traffic incident. However, the
rising cost of installing the loops and disruption of traffic flows during installation or
maintenance has resulted in the video detection system becoming more attractive. In
addition, the cost of equipment for the video detection system has reduced substantially in
the past l0 years. This paper describes the utilization of a video camera and image
processing to detect the presence of vehicles, to count the volume of approaching traffic,
to measure queue length and to detect traffic incidents at the approach road of a signalized
intersection. Neural networks were used to detect the presence of the vehicles, to detect the
traffic incident and to measure the queue length by identifying whether the road surface
was occupied by vehicles and whether these vehicles were moving or stationary for a
specified duration of time. The number of arriving vehicles was counted by observing the
fluctuation of the selected pixels values in the middle of the traffic lane. A single camera
which was developed in this study is able to capture the above mentioned parameters
simultaneously from a multi-lane road approach .
3-Smart Surveillance System :
1. Introduction :
CCTV camera refers to Closed Circuit Television camera which is a video camera used
to transmit the signal from a particular place to another. The images can be
displayed on monitors and recorded for reference as well. It is widely employed as a
surveillance system to monitor and keep track of happenings at places requiring
Smart video surveillance is the use of computer vision and pattern recognition
technologies to analyze information from situated sensors. Smart cameras are becoming
more popular in intelligent Surveillance Systems area. Smart cameras are cameras that can
perform tasks far beyond simply taking photos and recording videos. Thanks to the
purposely built-in intelligent image processing and pattern recognition algorithms, smart
cameras can detect motion, measure objects, read vehicle number plates, and even
recognize human behaviors. Currently, the majority of CCTV systems use analogue
techniques for image distribution and storage. Conventional CCTV cameras generally use
a digital charge coupled device (CCD) to capture images. The digital image is then
converted into an analogue composite video signal, which is connected to the CCTV
matrix, monitors and recording equipment, generally via coaxial cables.
Architecture of the Smart Camera
Fig (6) smart camera architecture
For traffic surveillance the entire smart camera is packed into a single cabinet which is
typically mounted in tunnels and aside highways. The electrical power is either supplied
by a power socket or by solar panels.
Thus, our smart camera is exposed to harsh environmental influences such as rapid
changes in temperature and humidity as well as wind and rain. It must be implemented as
an embedded system with tight operating constraints such as size, power consumption and
The smart camera is divided into three major parts: (i) the video sensor, (ii) the processing
unit, and (iii) the communication unit.
Fig (7) System architecture of the smart camera.
5.1 Video Sensor The video sensor represents the first stage in the smart camera‟s overall
data flow. The sensor captures incoming light and transforms it into electrical
signals that can be transferred to the processing unit. A CMOS sensor best fulfills the
requirements for a video sensor. These sensors feature a high dynamics due to their
logarithmic characteristics and provide on-chip ADCs and amplifiers.
5.2 Processing Unit The second stage in the overall data flow is the processing unit. Due to
the high-performance on-board image and video processing the requirements on the
computing performance are very high. A rough estimation results in 10 GIPS computing
performance. These performance requirements together with the various constraints of the
embedded system solution are fulfilled with digital signal processors
5.3 Communication Unit The final stage of the overall data flow in our smart camera
represents the communication unit. The processing unit transfers the data to the processing
unit via a generic interface. This interface eases the implementation of the different
network connections such as Ethernet, wireless LAN and GSM/GPRS.
Fig (8) Smart Camera System
The Single Stopped Vehicle (SSV) algorithm:
The core of the IDS is the Single Stopped Vehicle (SSV) algorithm. Its primary objective
is to detect stopped vehicles in high-speed, free- flowing traffic - a situation in which
accidents tend to be most serious. When the first outstation detects a vehicle, it sends a
message containing relevant vehicle data to the next downstream outstation. This next
outstation will expect the vehicle to arrive within a certain time window. If it does, the
outstation will inform the following one and so on. If it does not, it is likely that the
vehicle has stopped between the two outstations and an alarm is raised. This is a
simplification of the actual processing, which needs to keep a virtual map of all vehicles
transiting each outstation pair. The IDS is able to detect and track vehicles
straddling lanes and changing lanes between outstations.
Alarms are associated with the carriageway, the outstation and the lane number and, where
applicable, provide the data for the relevant vehicle.
Single Stopped Vehicle (SSV)
This alarm is raised when a vehicle which was detected by an upstream outstation fails to
be detected by the current one. The implication is that the vehicle has stopped somewhere
between the two sites, either on the running lanes or the shoulder.
This alarm is raised when an unrecognized vehicle is detected at a site, i.e. the vehicle was
not detected by the previous outstation. This would
normally be a previously stopped vehicle rejoining the traffic.
This alarm indicates a vehicle was detected at a speed significantly below the current
average speed of other vehicles on the highway. This is in itself a dangerous condition and
may frequently indicate the vehicle is
about to stop.
Any vehicle moving in the wrong direction on a highway is a hazard and an alarm is
This indicates the average speed of the vehicles has fallen below a pre- defined threshold
at the site. The cause will usually be congestion. This will also happen upstream from an
incident, which case it will probably be followed shortly by a Queued Traffic alarm.
A Queued Traffic alarm is raised to indicate traffic on that lane is showing shock-
wave or start/stop behavior. This is usually due either to
excessive congestion or a downstream incident.
Traffic information messages provide data collected over configurable time periods:
• Traffic flow in vehicles per hour (on this lane) over the last time period.
• Average vehicle speed over the last time period.
• Presence of vehicles on the shoulder or in an ERA.
• Currently active alarms. This includes the number of active SSVs for that lane, Slow
Traffic and Queued Traffic indications.
• Traffic count, in vehicles, over the last time period. For added flexibility, two data
collection intervals are defined - one for the traffic count information and one for the
flow, speed and alarm status information.
Every time a vehicle crosses a loop site, a record is generated including such information
• Carriageway, lane and direction
• Vehicle length and speed
• Date and time of the occurrence and site occupancy time
Other data may easily be obtained from this information, such as the headway between
Traffic information message processing:
This provides a real-time picture of the highway conditions such as average speed and
vehicle count. This can be used to warn of congestion, and support decisions, for example,
to open a shoulder to traffic.
Although the vehicle records are strictly a by-product of the incident detection processing,
they provide significant opportunities in longer-term traffic management. These include:
• Reconstitution of the highway scenario immediately prior to an accident, for legal
support (Idris is accurate enough for speed enforcement)
• Monitoring of traffic volumes and speeds at any level of detail
(seasonal, weekly, daily, hourly, etc.) for future highway expansion planning.
• Monitoring of traffic patterns (lane changes, speed variations) to support
traffic management strategies both for day-to-day congestion
Management and scheduling of maintenance procedures.
• Analysis of motorists' behavior in diverse situations (free flow, moderate
congestion, congestion and as a shock-wave of an incident
propagates back along the highway).
• Vehicle records can be used real-time, when maximum information is needed at the
Control Centre, or, once stored in a database, can be analyzed at leisure by even the
most time-consuming algorithms.
4-Variable Message Signs (VMS) :
Introduction and Usage
Variable Message Signs (VMS) are traffic control devices used to provide motorist en-
route traveler information
They are commonly installed on full-span overhead sign bridges, post-mounted on
roadway shoulders, and overhead cantilever structures. The information is most often
displayed in real-time and can be controlled either from remote centralized location or
locally at the site. Traveler information displayed on VMS may be generated as a result
of a planned or unplanned event, which is programmed or scheduled by operations
The objective of the sign display is to allow the motorist time to avoid an incident, prepare
for unavoidable conditions, or to give travel directions.
The goal is to have a positive impact on the motorist‟s travel time and ensure traveler‟s
Types of VMS Technology and Their Usage
Types of Signs:
Portable/Trailer : These are used for temporary setup and display of information at
various locations. EX: Side of road for construction, disasters, detours, closures.
Trailers can have solar panels, generators, or run on120VAC.
Fixed Structure : Permanently mounted signs can be:
o Post mounted
o Bridge mounted
Sign structures have multiple access types:
o Front access
o Rear access
Matrix display types:
Messages are limited by the types of VMS used and its display space configuration or
matrix. There are three types of matrix displays: Character, Line, and Full.
Character Matrix: Contains separate display space made available for each letter of
the text message. A character matrix configuration of 6horizontal and 2 vertical has only
12 character spaces available.
Full Matrix: Contains no physical separations between individual charactersor lines in the
message. A message can be shown at any size and location aslong as it is within the
A good communication system is very crucial in an urban traffic control for the following
• Synchronization of controller timer at each intersection for offset implementation.
• Exchange of traffic data between controllers.
• Malfunction reporting from each controller to the control room.
• Incident reporting to the control room.
• Use of the smart camera for surveillance purpose.
• Data compilation at the control room would be used for the benefit of road users and
Fig (10) smart camera
Laying copper or fiber optic cable for this purpose is relatively very expensive and
involves road digging. Renting existing commercial telecommunication cable also
involves high operating cost. A wireless communication system is an alternative option to
avoid high initial and running cost. Another alternatives using power cable plug Ethernet.
This is actually a simple device that enables electricity cable to become LAN cable at the
same time. This option will reduce communication cost tremendously as it will use
existing power supply cable as the communication line with reasonable bandwidth.
System Communications :
Countdown timing and walk/wait state information are polled from the traffic controller by
the bridge SNMP controller and are translated and rebroadcast to the PnP network
controller that distributes this information to the smart signals and detectors. The service
request information from the smart pedestrian call button uses the same route, but
transmits minimal information which is translated by the SNMP bridge controller before
reaching the traffic controller. In this implementation, the bridge node consists of two
microprocessors, a SNMP translator and a PnP processor, operating in a master-slave
configuration bridging the two Ethernet networks. Network communications with the
traffic controller use SNMP employing a point-to-point User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
transport layer. All other devices use standard network Transmission Control Protocol
(TCP) and UDP broadcast communications where each network node uses dynamic host
configuration protocol (DHCP) for a unique local internet protocol (IP) address allocation.
The two networks can be replaced with a common network hub or switch. However, they
are shown as two independent networks in Fig. 2 to give emphasis to the use of Ethernet
over power line (EoP). Every smart signal and detector as well as the translator and bridge
processors operate as a network node.
Low cost solutions are the second output of this study, ranging from setting the optimum
timing manually to an intelligent system with communication system. The intelligent
system is based on distributed control system using microprocessors whereas the
communication system is based on wireless system or system using power cable as the
communication medium to minimize cost.
Installation is a very important part as it directly affects the cost and also the durability of
the items installed. For every intersection, many items are needed to be installed. They
comprise of four video cameras, an industrial PC, an image grabbing card, a multiplexer
and support equipment such as video recorder and uninterrupted power supply which were
placed beside the traffic light controller. Below is Figure 13 showing the camera as a
sensor. Figure 5.2 shows the casing to contain the CPU. Figure 14 shows the existing steel
pole that can be maximized for installation of cameras.
Figure 11 Camera
Figure 12 Computer for Image Processing and Traffic Light Controller
Figure 13 Existing Pole At One Of The Intersection
Fig. (11) Camera
Fig (12) Computer for Image Processing and Traffic Light Controller
Fig (13) Existing Pole At One Of The Intersecting
EXISTING SITUATION :
Most of the existing traffic signals controllers on the arterial roads under JKR jurisdiction
is either operating on multi plan or vehicle actuated systems. While Multiplan system
operates on a fixed time basis, the vehicle actuated system operates invariable timing
based on the traffic demand. Although the vehicle actuated system responds almost
immediately to the traffic demand, its behavior is unpredictable and thus difficult to
coordinate between neighboring intersections. For the purpose of progressive flows where
the coordination between neighboring intersections becomes crucial, multi plan fixed
time system is much easier to handle. Most vehicle actuated system controllers have
multi plan fixed time capability as a backup plan during inductive loops failure. In such
cases, the multi plan fixed time system could be activated by disabling the vehicle actuated
system. If the controller is dedicated for vehicle actuated system, then the authority has to
replace the controller with a new one.
Road traffic is currently the most important and flexible means of transportation in
most countries. road freight transportation represents about 73% of the inland freight
transportation market. The largest share of passenger transportation, around 85%, is
carried by road . However, the current status of road traffic in many countries is
extremely unpleasant. Road traffic is dangerous, expensive and has a high pollution rate.
Road congestion is costing the EU-27 about 1% of itsGDP. Accidents injure or kill
thousands of people every year. Traffic congestion in many big cities has gone
almost out of control. Environmental damage is another issue. CO2 emissions
from transportation in general and road transportation in particular have been rising faster
than emissions from all other major sectors of the economy. Basically two approaches can
be applied in order to solve or at least minimize these transportation problems.
1- The most straightforward solution is to build more infrastructure, such as bridges, roads
and viaducts, in order to increase capacity. Thissolution is no doubt useful, especially for
decreasing congestion, but it is not sufficient. Constructing new road infrastructure is
limited due to environmental, social and financial constraints.
2-With difficulties of building more infrastructure and the aforementioned transportation
problems, an approach in which already existing road capacity is better used is welcome.
This second approach to traffic related problems is to control traffic by deploying Road
Traffic Management Systems (RTMS), which contribute to efficiency as well as safety
and environmental improvements. This is done by applying intelligence to the current
infrastructure, switching from static to more dynamic road traffic control.
There are many issues in designing and deploying RTMS. As a socio- technical system,
the organizational and regulatory policies, rules, processes and constraints have to be
taken into consideration. These decisions have to be documented in what is called a
domain architecture in this article. In addition to the policy decisions, the technical side of
these systems is also challenging. Specific constraints such as interoperability
with existing systems and the close relationship with the Environment makes the
development effort extremely difficult. Besides, due to the high level of investments
needed, these systems have to be flexible to be changed whenever new policies are to be
The proposed solution in literature to build these large software systems is to base
the design and development in an architecture . Future systems‟ maintenance and
evolution are facilitated when the architecture is clear for all stakeholders . Basically,
architecture refers to the organization
of the system, such as its components, sub-systems, interfaces, and how these elements
collaborate and are composed to form the system . Only relevant decisions are important at
this level, i.e., those that have a high impact on cost, reliability, maintainability,
performance and resilience of the future system.
The following is a summary of the user service requirements most pertinent to traffic
signal control functions:
The traffic control user service is designed to:
o Optimize traffic flow
o Provide traffic surveillance
o Provide ramp metering
o Provide the ability to give priority to certain types of vehicles
o Provide device control capabilities
o Provide information to other functions
The incident management user service is designed to:
o Identify scheduled/planned incidents (e.g., construction activity)
o Detect incidents
o Formulate response actions
o Support coordinated implementation of response actions
o Support initialization of response actions
o Predict hazardous conditions
The highway-rail intersection user service is designed to:
o Control highway and rail traffic in at-grade highway-rail
o Coordinate highway and rail management functions
o Manage traffic in the intersection at all HRIs with active railroad warning
o Provide advanced warning of closures
o Provide automatic collision notification at HRIs with active railroad warning
systems. Under this approach for this step, agencies should select those user
services and user service requirements that are most relevant toward meeting the
current and future needs previously identified. Those user services and user service
requirements that remain in the preferred solution can be carried further into the
next step of project development.
1.Economic growth in Kajang will lead to further demand for motorway travel and
subsequently, if unaddressed, further congestion. Unfettered congestion in Kajang
motorways has been identified as a potential major constraint of the future prosperity
of the city.
2.Productivity growth will increase the demand for transport as more people are in work
and also as a result of increasing business activity. Without countervailing measures,
the trend of longer commuting and other trips, in part associated with increased personal
wealth will continue. Congestion around the cities is set to increase.
3. This report has examined the potential of ITS measures to reduce the impacts of
congestion on the kajang‟s road network. The measures could, if implemented, produce
considerable benefit to the Kajang transport network. However to achieve this, action is
required on a number of fronts and from a variety of stakeholders. Moreover, ITS
measures should not be the only approach to relieving congestion. Already, Kajang has
identified its priorities for targeted investment to enhance network capacity and parallel
work to this report has considered the potential role for smarter travel choices.
4. ITS measures tend to fall into three groups - those based only in-vehicle (Lane
Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control, for example), those based on roadside
infrastructure (Active Traffic Management, Variable Messaging Signs etc.) and
those needing both in-vehicle and outside support (Intelligent Speed Adaptation, potential
Intelligent Infrastructure Systems, potential intelligent platooning etc.). It is the last
category that is most contentious, potentially having significant benefits, but requiring
5.Although some of the ITS measures are still being developed or under research many of
the measures presented in this report have been successfully implemented as part of
„improving the driving experience‟ from car manufacturers (e.g. Active Cruise
Control, Lane Departure Warning), by the Highways Agency (VMS, ATM,etc.) or are
being actively researched in real life scenarios in parts of the world (e.g. Intelligent Speed
Adaptation). Work is needed by the implementers of these technologies to evaluate the on-
going benefits of these initiatives.
6. The government of Malaysia could help promote this research though actively working
with Malaysia universities. Each have well established departments, which able to
research and work in the ITS field.