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4.1.5 Intelligent Transport System (ITS)

The intelligent transport system (ITS) is an advanced application which aims to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management. It enables users to be better informed and ensures safer, more coordinated, and smarter use of transport networks. Although ITS may refer to all modes of transport, the directive of the European Union 2010/40/EU, made on July 7, 2010, defined ITS as a system in which information and communication technologies are applied in the field of road transport, including infrastructure, vehicles, and users, and in traffic management and mobility management, as well as for interfaces with other modes of transport 1. ITS may improve the efficiency and safety of transport in a number of situations, such as road transport, traffic management, mobility, disaster management, etc.

The application of ITS is widely accepted and used in many countries today. The use is not just limited to traffic congestion control and information, but also for road safety, efficient infrastructure usage, and rapid mass evacuation after a disaster. Because of its endless possibilities, ITS has now become a multidisciplinary conjunctive field of work; many organizations around the world have developed solutions for providing ITS applications to meet the need 2.

Through ITS, government or agencies can provide solutions and methods that are faster and more coordinated because every aspect needed is already available in the application. Especially during this pandemic, while there are so many restrictions and limitations to prevent an outbreak, ITS brings many advantages to the table and government can carry out disaster management in a safer and more efficient manner.

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