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LTA Calls Tender For Next Generation ERP System

Source: Straits Times

1 Oct 2014

LTA calls tender for next generation ERP system

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has called a tender to develop Singapore's next generation electronic road pricing system. The new system will be based on Global Navigation Satellite System technology.

After a 18-month evaluation, the LTA said that it is technologically feasible to use a navigation satellite system for road pricing in Singapore.

This system will overcome the constraints of physical gantries, which are costly and take up land space, it said in a statement on Wednesday. LTA added that the current physical gantry system, which is almost 20 years old, will become increasingly expensive and difficult to maintain.

Another key advantage of the new system is the ability to implement distance-based pricing along the congested roads where road pricing is to be implemented. Distance-based pricing as opposed to the current gantry-based system, is more equitable as motorists will be charged proportionate to the distance travelled on these congested roads, it said.

LTA added that the system will support an interactive and intelligent on-board unit which will provide real-time traffic information tailored to their location, as well as electronic payment for parking fees, doing away with paper coupons.

There may also be a change in policy for off-peak car users, who may be allowed to pay only for using their vehicles for short periods rather than the whole day, or for using them only on uncongested roads.

LTA has shortlisted three consortia to participate in the upcoming tender to develop the next generation road pricing system. They are NCS & MHI Engine System Asia, ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems), and Watchdata Technologies & Beijing Watchdata System.

The contract to design and develop the system is expected to be awarded in the second half of 2015. LTA added that it aims to implement the system from around 2020.

 
3 Pilot Test sites with mechanised parking systems

Source: Straits Times

6 Oct 2013

Three pilot sites to be implemented with mechanised parking systems by 2015

HDB will implement mechanised parking systems at three pilot sites in Bukit Panjang, Yishun and Changi Village, announced Government Parliamentary Committee for National Development and Environment chairman Lee Bee Wah on Sunday.

The implementation follows a joint study by the parliamentary committee and HDB started last year on the viability of mechanised parking systems (MPS) in Singapore to address car park shortages in older HDB estates, where space for new lots to be built are limited.

The three sites are the carpark beside Block 259A Bangkit Road, the carpark next to Block 666A Yishun Avenue 4 and behind Block 1 Changi Village Road. The pilot implementation is set to be completed by 2015.

“We have assessed that mechanised car parks have good potential as they can provide additional parking lots in estates with site constraints. However, not every HDB estate is suitable for MPS implementation," said Ms Lee, who toured the Bukit Panjang pilot site on Sunday with fellow GPC member and Bukit Panjang MP Teo Ho Pin.

The Bukit Panjang pilot site is situated next to a multi-storey carpark and occupies an area the size of a basketball court. It will likely have a two-tower mechanised parking system at least 10 storeys high each that will provide an estimated 60 car park slots in total.

On his blog on Sunday, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said car park shortages become a problem for HDB estates as car ownership increases and adding new car park lots might "not always be possible" with land constraints.

"The pilot would allow HDB to gauge public acceptance of the system," he wrote.

To park a car using the mechanised system, a driver drives his vehicle into a car-lift, parks it in the correct position and pulls the handbrake. The system will automatically park the car after the driver keys in a pin number.

 

 
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