The Moffusil Bus Terminus (CMBT), the largest bus station in Asia, located in Koyambedu, Chennai, will soon become the first intelligent bus terminus in India. The pilot project, which is funded by the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries, will be completed in a year’s time. The project is aimed at tracking movement of the buses and provides passengers with accurate information about their arrival and departure.
At the heart of the project is telematics or the technology that combines wireless voice and data communication systems designed for the collection and dissemination of data-information from the moving vehicles in this case. Under the project, each vehicle will be fitted with a GPS sensor, which will not only acquire information about the longitudinal and the latitudinal position of the bus, but will also transmit it to a central server in CMBT wirelessly. The server in turn will forward the information about each bus coming in and out of the terminus to the control officer. While the control officer will get the information about the exact position of the bus in the form of a map, the same would be flashed to the passengers as arrival and departure time through display boards. Besides the funding from the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries, the project is supported by various institutions, industry bodies and companies, including IIT-Bangalore, Road Transport Corporation, Ashok Leyland, IBM, HCL and Harita Infoserve.