KUALA Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz has hit out at certain quarters for misleading statements on Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) state-of-the-art traffic surveillance system, Itis (Integrated Transport Information System) and its latest app – eDrive.
“The information being circulated is misleading. It is wrong to say that eDrive is worth RM565mil and to compare it with the app used by the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS),” he said when contacted.
He was referring to Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng’s statement that the eDrive cost RM565mil in a press conference. Lim lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate DBKL for corruption in the tender the eDrive and Itis.
Amin Nordin defended Itis, which was developed in 2002, saying it was a complete traffic and crime surveillance system, and the cost included the logistics, more than 1,000 CCTV cameras, an operation centre and maintenance.
“The system is very advanced, so much so, we get visits at the Transport Management Centre in Bukit Jalil, where the Itis system is housed, by representatives from different countries who want to learn about it.
“The CCTV feeds at the centre are very clear,” he said.
He also said that it contributed to lower crime rates as it also acted as the authorities’ eyes to monitor Kuala Lumpur.
“Authorities are able to catch perpetrators who steal cars and commit other crimes. We can even monitor protests or other events in the city centre,” he said.
He explained that the eDrive app was launched in January and cost only RM2.9mil.
“It is more sophisticated than it is made out to be, and is linked to the system’s CCTVs and provides real-time traffic images.
“I have used the app myself and find it useful for planning my journey,” he said.
Amin Nordin said he was disappointed that some quarters had politicised the issue without checking the facts.
“If you don’t understand how the system works, come to our centre and we will show you what it’s all about. I am very disappointed that even the media did not do their research,” he said.
The mayor added that the eDrive was an open tender project launched on Jan 14.
He said the cost included hardware and software infrastructure, training and one-year maintenance.
To-date, there are about 4,000 registered users in Kuala Lumpur.
On Monday, Lim slammed DBKL for the app as it was a non-navigational tool and pointed out existing traffic and navigation apps such as Waze and Google Maps.
He asked MACC to investigate if the eDrive contract was done through an open tender and if there was any corruption in the deal.
He urged MACC to investigate on who approved the Itis project and whether the cost of maintenance paid by DBKL was higher than the market price.
He was referring to a StarMetro report in July that DBKL spent RM198mil to maintain and rent the cameras and CCTV for six years and the appointed contractor was VADS Lyfe (formerly known as GTC Global Sdn Bhd).
The report also said that the app featured real-time images of certain roads from 40 stationary cameras and people could use it to see congested roads.
Another feature highlighted in the app is the Parking Guidance Information System for 14 malls including Suria KLCC, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Low Yat Plaza and Maju Junction.