Taipei, Taiwan- Selected Southeast Asian cities and transport experts learn about the integration of Ecomobility approach and intelligent technologies to make mobility greener, smarter and more seamless during the recently concluded International Smart and Sustainable Transport Workshop held last 11-13 April 2018 in Taipei.
ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (SEAS) facilitated the participation of selected Southeast Asian cities, academe, and non-government organizations (NGO) representing four countries in the said workshop. These included Pasig City, Tarlac City and Quezon City (Philippines); Jakarta and Pekanbaru (Indonesia); Pakse (Lao PDR) and Penang (Malaysia). Representatives from the academe and NGO – National Center for Transportation Studies of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP – Indonesia), respectively – also participated in the workshop. Their participation was funded by Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC). They were joined by ICLEI SEAS Project Officers, Ms. Pamela Cabacungan, and Ms. Nisa Nidasari. Other participants from the region included officials from Thailand and Viet Nam.
Some of the initiatives showcased during the workshop are Bike Sharing System (Youbike), integrated public transport system (Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), pedestrian-friendly environment and smart travel card system. Moreover, the participants attended a technical tour of Intelligent Transportation Technology where they observed the operation of Connected Scooter Safety Systems, e-Tag Electronic Toll System and PingLin Traffic Control Centre which demonstrate traffic management and automated traffic enforcement in the SyueShan tunnel.
A new mobility paradigm called MaaS (Mobility as a Service) was also introduced in the workshop as an approach to shifting people’s behavior from using personally-owned modes of transportation towards mobility solutions that are consumed as a service. This is enabled by integrating all transportation services into one platform as exemplified in the Umaji, a journey planner mobile app that provides personalized travel advice to users and incentivizing users who use alternative public transportation options as suggested.
Toward the end of the workshop, participants agreed that despite differences in local situations, there are a number of similar challenges being experienced by SEA cities. These include concerns about sustainable urban mobility, smart public transport, intelligent transport technology, and traffic safety. It was further emphasized that intelligent and innovative technologies can be used as tools to plan and implement environmentally-sound and socially inclusive solutions for a smart and sustainable transport system.
Mr. Gama Iswonnugroho, the head of facilities and infrastructure at Electronic Road Pricing Unit Jakarta mentioned that the most interesting part to learn from the workshop is the role of big data behind mobility.
“Before we implement smart technology for congestion relieving, big data is the most important thing that we have to manage. During the workshop, I’ve got a lot of information on how to make big data smart for urban mobility, from the problems until the process to build it. It is a good share and very useful information to be implemented in Jakarta,” he said.
Organized by the ICLEI KCC, ITS Taiwan, and the Advanced Public Transportation Research Center at the National Taiwan University (APTRC), the workshop emphasized how emerging technologies are revolutionizing the movement of people and goods. One important takeaway from the activity is that better urban mobility planning translates to decreased traffic congestion, reduced traffic accidents, improved air quality, and more mobility options for users, among others as evident in Taipei City’s experiences.
For further details, please download the activity report.