Singapore: The system, called the Traffic Message Channel Location Table (TMC-LT) was recently launched in Singapore. It has been developed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Singapore company, Quantum Inventions. The system would enable motorists in the country to receive real-time traffic information on their navigation devices by the first quarter of 2011.
It works by storing a database of standardised location codes for roads, junctions and other points of interest in a location table unique to Singapore.
Its TMC-enabled navigational devices would receive a continuous feed of real-time updates, and accordingly alert drivers to traffic incidents along their routes, while offering an alternative way to their destinations.
It is aimed at optimising traffic flow which has registered an increase in vehicle numbers from 700,000 in 2002 to 950,000 as of last month.
Alan Quek, Deputy Manager of LTA’s Intelligent Traffic System Development Division, said that traffic information has gone from a “good-to-have to a must-have”. LTA said the implementation of the system in countries such as the United States has proven to be very popular, because of its cost-effectiveness and compatibility with mobile devices.