Bengaluru Current Affairs

Bengaluru Smart City testing prototype Intelligent Traffic Management Solution

Bengaluru Smart City is testing prototype of an intelligent traffic management solution in collaboration with the Electronics City Township Authority (ELCITA) to improve traffic management in the city. It aims to provide traffic information that is currently unavailable and help improve management of commuter traffic.

Intelligent Traffic Management Solution

It involves capturing video streams from several cameras and processing them using artificial intelligence. This will help in automation of traffic management tasks such as vehicle detection, traffic density estimation and control of traffic lights for real-time performance.

Electronic City

Electronic City isinformation technology (IT) hub in Bangalore, located in Anekal taluk. It is one of India’s largest electronic and IT industrial parks, spread over 800 acres (3.2 km²). It consists of three zones called phases – Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. Electronic City was established by Keonics (Karnataka Electronic), a pioneer in information technology infrastructure development. There are approximately 200 IT/ITES companies located in Electronic City. It is administered by Electronics City Township Authority (ELCITA).

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India’s first HeliTaxi service launched in Bengaluru

India’s first helicopter shuttle service (HeliTaxi) was launched in IT capital Bengaluru, Karnataka n a bid to provide last-mile connectivity. The maiden trip of helitaxi was between Electronic City and Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. It was provided by Thumby Aviation.

Need

Bengaluru has poor road density (measure of road length per square km area of land) as compared to other Indian cities. So such service was needed much more than other cities to ferry air passengers to and from the city. The decision to launch HeliTaxi was announced in August 2017 by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.

Key Facts

HeliTaxi provides connectivity between Airport and Electronic City (located in south about 70 km from airport in the city centre), home to hundreds of technology firms including, Infosys and other multinationals. It has reduced travelling time between airport and Electronic City from two hours (by road) to 15 minutes.

The fare is fixed at Rs. 4,130 per seat, including GST. It includes pick up from airport terminal to helipad and allows carrying 15 kg luggage. People can book their seat through a mobile app named ‘Heli Taxii’. Currently, the chopper service provider has employed only one helicopter to ferry air passengers and will increase number depending on demand.

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