UMO Global Student Challenge 2013
What is the identified problem?
The major problem area which we feel is the ignorance of the pedestrian in the urban fabric. Very less emphasis is put to this segment of the urban fabric due to which majority of the problems occur. Safety of the pedestrian is the most problematic and unfocused area on the Indian roads and the overall commuter experience. The major intervention areas that we picked up are: Traffic Signals: Almost all the traffic jams are the result of not following the traffic rules and common norms on the road. If we can somehow make smarter traffic signals and make the commuters follow those rules, half of the problems can be solved. Usage of Zebra Crossings and Subways: People refrain using the zebra crossings due to the careless behavior of drivers and not following the rules and in general, not valuing the pedestrian. Drivers seldom leave the zebra crossing vacant. Similarly, pedestrians avoid using the subways due to safety concerns. Lack of Information: We feel that there is a considerable lack of information for a commuter while on road. The signals and signage should be connected and keep the commuters informed about the status of the traffic ahead of them.
Brief about Solution
thought of the ideas which are generic and common in nature.
Traffic Signals: We have tried to make the signals smart by incorporating cutting edge technology and a bit of innovation in the connection of various services like signage and emergency vehicles like ambulance and fire brigade.
Usage of Zebra Crossings and Subways: We have tried to somehow force the change of habits via cognitive and physical barriers. Relevance and Impact of Idea: The relevance is high on common sense and is very generic in nature. The things that we refuse to see in day to day commuting are emphasized
Environmental Sustainability Considerations: We have highly preferred on the sustainability considerations and tried to use as less the resources as possible and kept it strictly- modifications around the existing infrastructure.
How well does the proposed solution enable great commuter experience?
We have focused primarily upon the pedestrians and the commuters on road because there two user group are what makes or breaks the transportation situation of a city. By inducing the informal activities of the roadside (Hawkers/vendors) to the subways, we're actually solving the problem in two ways. First, the congestion on the road will be less. Second, the subways will be safer and happening and hence, will serve their true function i.e. the safety of the pedestrians. We have also emphasized upon the emergency situations like the Ambulance stuck in traffic etc. We have put a sound receiver on the traffic signal so that it can detect the frequency of the siren of the ambulance and hence, can act accordingly. This makes of a hassle free and easy solution which can save lives. We have also tried to change the habits of the drivers by proposing cognitive and physical barriers just before the zebra crossings so that pedestrians can actually use it.
How attractive is this idea for partners from transportation, business, government, non profit or other sectors to get involved?
It’s highly attractive to the partners, mainly the government because it seldom requires the capital. Most of the ideas require just the implementations and we're ready to go. Also, most of the ideas are based upon the obvious and common factors.
Environmental impact, whether the proposed idea in predominantly service based without adding more physical structures
We have highly preferred on the sustainability considerations and tried to use as less the resources as possible and kept it strictly- modifications around the existing infrastructure.
Dates & Deadlines
25-Sep-2013 :Deadline for Registration
30-Sep-2013 :Deadline for submitting your projects
01-Oct-2013 :Announcement of top 50 entries
03-Oct-2013 :Deadline to entroll Techease 2013
16-Oct-2013 :Deadline for voting by friends
17-Oct-2013 :Presentation of the 50 shortlisted projects at the TechEase at IIITHyderabad
19-Oct-2013 :Announcement of the final iINNOVATE prizes and award winners
26-Oct-2013 :Winners may present at IIMBangalore at UXINDIA’13 conference