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Why ITS is getting more popular in Indonesia

Why ITS is getting more popular in Indonesia
While Indonesian end users are still using security for security purposes, some are looking at beyond-security applications. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in smart transportation, where authorities are using video and other IoT technologies to improve traffic and enforce law.

The need to improve traffic partly results from the country's urbanization, which is taking place at a rapid pace. “PwC mentions that in 2050 Indonesia will be the fourth largest economy in the world. Today we have 268 million people, and in 2050 the population will increase to 300 to 350 million,” said Sanny Suharli, Chairman of the Association of Technology and Industry Security Indonesia (ATISI), adding this will give rise to smart city needs. “Indonesia has the potential for at least 100 smart cities in the near future,” he said.

A key element in any smart city initiative is traffic management. This is especially important in urban settings in Indonesia, for example Jakarta, where traffic can be hectic. To address this problem, Indonesia is looking at intelligent transportation systems, which are already deployed in some municipalities.

“There are cities that installed adaptive traffic management systems. It's adaptive, so when there's a lot of cars, the system will increase the time of greenlight at that particular section,” said Emir Riza, Executive Director of ITS Indonesia. “We're also considering an electronic road pricing system to adjust the amount of traffic entering the road.”

In fact, Indonesia's ITS market has so much potential it has attracted foreign companies as well. Intelligent Security Systems (ISS), a Russian security/transportation solutions provider, is an example. It has a system consisted of a camera and a radar that can be used for detecting over-speeding.

“The radar and the camera are synchronized to get the picture of not only the number plate, but the whole car. And this device is capable not only to detect speeding violations but generate a ticket that will be issued to the driver,” said Stanislav Kovalevsky, Director of Strategic Relationship at ISS. “We see very great potential for Indonesia. Our system has proven all of its capabilities to the world. It will also work well in Indonesia.”

Korea-based UNISEM, meanwhile, offers a similar solution that only requires cameras; no radars are needed.

“Our strongest point is that we can use existing CCTV in the road. We only provide the software. In the case of Indonesia, there's plenty of motorcycles in one lane. Our solution named multi-object tracking can detect all the objects in one or two lanes. You can detect all the features of each object – it means that we can detect the speed, we can classify trucks, motorcycles and cars, and we have anti-violation features like no-helmet detection,” said Boo Eun Jung, MD for IoT Division at UNISEM. “We're looking for a chance to have proof of concept to introduce to local end users, like police and other partners.”

In closing, Indonesia's infrastructure development efforts, coupled with the need to fight crime and protect lives, are expected to sustain the current momentum in the country's security industry. Moreover, Indonesian users are looking at security for business intelligence and ITS applications. In the future we can expect Indonesia security moving further towards that direction.

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