With the exponentially growing vehicle population on our urban roads, technological advancements in ICTE and government initiatives for improving transport infrastructure, importance of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) is getting prominence day-by-day. The world is now moving towards Physical Internet and inclusion of Cyber Physical Systems and Augmented Reality (AR) in the Transportation Sector backed with Internet of Things (IoT), Big data analysis and Business Intelligence. It shows the importance of investing in R&D in Intelligent Transportation System. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), GoI had identified ITS as a major sector for investment in R&D and are funding ITS projects and programs since last two decades. The Urban Traffic Control System (UTCS) and Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS) funded by the Ministry and developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in early 2000 are landmark achievements in this domain. The foresight of the Ministry in developing these products made us fit to meet the Intelligent Transportation Management System (ITMS) requirements of the recently announced Smart City initiatives with indigenous solutions.

To synergize the transformation in ITS with more energy and pace the Ministry took early steps by bringing together premier academic institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) etc. and Premier R&D Centre like C-DAC under one umbrella. Such an initiative formulated the Collaborative Intelligent Transportation Systems Endeavor for Indian Cities (InTranSE) during the year 2009-2012 (Phase-I) that witnessed IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIM Calcutta and C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram collaboratively developing, implementing, demonstrating and knowledge transfer of ITS products and solutions. The program resulted in three national conferences, many technology transfers empowering domestic entrepreneurs, internationally acclaimed journals and publications, patents and M.E and Ph.D scholars. Eight sub-projects viz. Wireless Traffic Control System, Second generation Area Traffic Control System (CoSiCoSt II), Real-time Traffic Counting and Monitoring System, Intelligent Parking Management System, Advanced Traveler Information System for Indian Cities, Intelligent Transit Trip Planner and Real Time Route Information, Red-light Violation Detection System and An intelligent Traffic Congestion Management System using RFID were considered under this program. Smart Cities like Bhubaneswar, Faridabad, Nagpur and Surat have deployed products and solutions developed under the MeitY funded InTranSE Phase-I program. The MeitY later funded development of Emergency Service Vehicle Priority System (EmSerV) and Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Controller (PeSCo) that also are finding berth in Indian ITS market.

The InTranSE Phase-II program (2019-2021) is aiming at undertaking R&D projects collaboratively with IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IISc Bangalore and C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram , which is an extension of the InTranSE Phase-I program funded earlier (2009-2012) by the MeitY. The seven subprojects identified under InTranSE Phase-II project program were are based on the ideas gathered through brainstorming workshop held at IIT Madras on 20 th April 2018 and later through independent meetings with professionals in the ITS domain. C-DAC is identified as functioning as the Nodal Centre to coordinate the R&D efforts of the collaborating agencies and will help them in productizing the results.

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