Smart traffic lights enable smoother flow on Ipoh roads, says mayor

The intersection between Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and Jalan Raja Musa Aziz has been installed with smart traffic lights. — RONNIE CHIN/The Star

IPOH now has a smart traffic light system that can help manage the movement of vehicles effectively.

The Smart Traffic Light with Intelligence Analytic (STARS) was made possible through a collaboration between Ipoh City Council and Telekom Malaysia Bhd.

Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said STARS was equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) as well as high-definition cameras and video analytics.

“Four of the smart traffic lights were installed along Jalan Sultan Idris Shah.

“The system has been on trial since November last year.

“It can ease traffic flow by up to 51%, especially during peak hours,” he said in his speech during the city council’s monthly full board meeting.

“It will reduce the carbon emission rate by up to 7,500kg per month, in line with our vision to turn Ipoh into a low carbon city by 2030,” said the mayor.

The traffic lights have been installed at the intersections of Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and Jalan Laksamana; Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and Jalan Datuk Onn Jaafar; Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and Jalan Raja Musa Aziz; and Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and Jalan Raja Ekram.

Separately, Rumaizi said Ipoh was the fifth city in the country to have access to 5G with a speed of 1GB per second.

He said Ipoh was also the first in the northern region to have access to 5G, after Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Johor Baru.

“Accessibility to 5G is now available around the Urban Transformation Centre in the city.

“By the end of October, 98 more areas will have access to 5G in the Greater Ipoh Region,” he said, announcing that it was another collaboration between the city council and Telekom under the Ipoh Smart City blueprint.

“These include locations under the city council, Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council, Kampar Municipal Council and Batu Gajah District Council,” he added.

On dengue, Rumaizi said there had been a significant increase in cases.

He said 221 cases had been recorded as of June 25, compared to 88 cases within the same period last year.

“As of June 28, three localities still have outbreaks, including Taman Bunga Raya, Taman Rima Gamelan and Taman Perpadan Raya with two cases each,” he said.

Rumaizi said 10 compounds totalling RM5,250 had been issued to those who failed to clean up their vacant properties and those filled with undergrowth which became breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes as well as reptiles like snakes.

“As of May 31, we have issued 1,176 notices and 884 have complied.

“We urge all owners and also developers not to leave their properties unkempt with undergrowth,” he said.

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