|Slow traffic - courtesy The Malaysian Times|
Sena Traffic Systems certainly has an impressive range of hardware and software traffic management equipment, systems and intelligent traffic management solutions on its website, as well as an impressive list of clients, especially the JKR (Public Works Department) and several local authorities, including the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and several other municipalities in Malaysia.
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However, will Sena Traffic Systems be able to effectively obtain the cooperation of federal and local authorities to bring all traffic lights, at least on major roads in cities and towns across Malaysia under control of their gee-whiz system?
After all, Sena Traffic Systems says that their intelligent traffic management system “has the potential to reduce travel time (on our roads) by 12%”. So it's pretty obvious that their intelligent traffic management system will only have a limited effect on reducing travel time.
Can their gee-whiz system magically widen roads, move choke points farther away from the roads to allow for smoother traffic flow on roads?
I know that's a silly question, since such physical renovations to physical road infrastructure require the approval and physical intervention by local authorities' physical contractors who will use physical equipment and actual humans to do the job, and that's provided these authorities act on traffic data and information provided by intelligent systems such as provided by Sena.
Just yesterday, I was caught in slow traffic on the Federal Highway between the intersection with Jalan Barat and exit ramp leading to ICON City, which is shortly before the exit ramp leading up to the LDP, where there has regularly been traffic congestion on the Federal Highway before it. This was around 2.30pm on 15 July 2019.
Traffic flowed smoothly along the Federal Highway after these two exit ramps.
This also happens on Jalan 14/29, Section 14, Petaling Jaya, where the traffic light at the junction with Jalan 20/7, just before Dataran 3-Two turns green, when the traffic light at the junction with Jalan 19/1 just after Dataran 3-Two turns red, so cars on Jalan 14/29 which get through the green traffic light at the junction with Jalan 20/7 must stop at the red traffic light at the junction with Jalan 19/1, roughly 100 metres away.
Anyway, Sena has such a customised system, called a Tidal Flow System operating along Jalan Loke Yew in Kuala Lumpur today.
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I rarely drive into Kuala Lumpur these days, as I prefer to take the LRT, Monorail or MRT, so I don't know what traffic along Jalan Loke Yew is like, especially at peak hours, so I don't know how effective Sena's Tidal Flow System is.