11 February 2019

India choose Russian technologies to digitalize the roads

In 2019 a GLONASS satellite navigation based free-flow toll collection system will be introduced on one of the largest highways of India. The project will be fully realized by a Russian IT company, the developer of the state system “Platon”. The corresponding contract was signed between RT-Invest Transport Systems LLC (RTITS) and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

The Russian company was recognized a winner in the open tender competition, ahead of key international players such as Skytoll (Slovakia), Efkon India Pvt.Ltd., National Toll Payment Services PLC, who participated in the tender. Russian technologies and solutions in the transport telematics field arouse great interest from the part of foreign countries and this contract is the first major example of the non-raw material export of domestic technologies in this sector.

At the present moment India implements the National project of the road construction. Major highways are being reconstructed and expanded, road network standards are being increased. “The current project is the first step in organizing convenient and non-stop traffic on the New Delhi – Mumbai corridor. If the Russian technology proves its efficiency and ability to solve existing problems on highways, the next step could be the roll out of the project across the entire road network in the country,” – said Ashish Sharma, board member of the National Highways Authority of India.

“Russian transport telematics is one of the most advanced in the world. Our high-tech developments have a high export potential,” – said Anton Zamkov, Director General of RT-Invest Transport Systems LLC. “It will be the unique combination of the most advanced digital solutions. They will prevent the India’s roads from huge traffic jams, increase the speed of the goods delivery and reduce the costs of carriers and drivers. In addition, within the framework of the project, Indian colleagues will test on their roads a truck Weight-In-Motion system developed by us and a number of services. I am sure that these are only the first steps, we are working on participation in a number of tender competitions and we will increase the export of our projects. On the basis of the technological platform that is used in the Platon system, we can create and develop digital services for Russia and foreign countries,” – said Anton Zamkov.

India annually loses huge funds due to the traffic congestion, low speed of carriage and long waiting time at the entrances of the toll roads. Today in India there are more than 12 thousand toll roads with entry through barriers. “We support the development of the Russian-Indian partnership and hope that the use of Russian technology will find effective application in the transport industry of India, help solve existing logistics problems and attract additional funds for the construction of safe roads,” – said Yaroslav Tarasyuk, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in India.

The free-flow toll collection system will be implemented on the New Delhi-Mumbai highway with a length of 1,419 km. Vehicles will be equipped with the On Board Units (OBUs) operating on the basis of the GLONASS satellite system specially designed by the Russian company for the project.