Seoul TOPIS (Transport Operation & Information Service) has announced the opening of the “era of “TOPIS 3.1.” As a service that has transformed “intra-city buses” which were unpopular among citizens due to irregular intervals and speeding into “punctual, reliable bus service” that enables citizens to keep their appointments, TOPIS applies for the first time in the world a scientific method utilizing hi-tech IT to the management of intra-city bus operation in Seoul.
During the TOPIS 1.0 era in 2004, TOPIS heralded the advent of cutting-edge transportation boasting of a system that gathers various traffic information including speed, traffic volume, and visual images and helps manage road situations and respond to them in real time. Later, it started to generate various services including smartphone apps through the opening and sharing of bus operation information during the TOPIS 2.0 era that began in 2008. The system, through collaboration, is set to manage urban safety smartly, materialize the forecasting of future traffic situations including traffic forecast, and enable the city to gain economic benefits through its export in earnest to foreign markets in the TOPIS 3.0 era.
To maximize collaboration in the TOPIS 3.0 era and sales effect of the service, TOPIS relocated its headquarters from the Jongno Fire Station where the space is narrow and the facilities are outdated to underground level 3 of the city hall building.
As a result, TOPIS is now equipped with an urban management system that integrates Seoul TOPIS + Disaster Situation Room + Chungmu Confidentiality Room. Through collaboration, the city plans to conduct integrated monitoring and smart management of traffic, disasters, and emergency situations thoroughly 24 hours a day, including developing it into a mecca for the service’s export where visitors can experience Seoul transportation, technical assistance, and human network exchanges at a one-stop location.
For instance, through coexistence and collaboration between Seoul TOPIS + Disaster Situation Room, which previously operated independently, TOPIS has integrated a total of 849 screens including traffic and hi-tech disaster prevention equipment; thus thoroughly managing every corner in the city including streets and streams and concurrently presenting information on disasters including water levels at streams, torrential rains, and heavy snowfall in traffic information signboards.
The system also allows for traffic forecast that can predict tomorrow’s traffic situation just like weather forecast by using big data that has accumulated for more than 10 years. It will inform citizens of optimum detour routes in advance in case traffic is controlled due to rallies and events in the city center.
The Intelligence Transport System (ITS) of Seoul has built a reputation as a top-rated technology in the world, as evidenced by visits to the facility by more than 10,000 distinguished people from foreign countries including presidents, ministers and vice ministers, ranking officials, and traffic experts over the past six years. The export of the system will also be pursued in earnest through partnership with private companies.
The city government disclosed the site of Seoul TOPIS on September 12 and announced the “Seoul TOPIS 3.0 vision” that calls for these and other plans.
With TOPIS at the new city hall building, citizens can have an overview of changes and development of transportation in Seoul through a photo exhibit. They can also get a three-dimensional view of the hi-tech transportation in the city by wearing 3-D movie glasses, which help boost their curiosity.
Presented by the city government as blueprint on the day, TOPIS 3.0 has three major visions: smart urban management through collaboration between traffic and disaster functions; increased assistance for the export of Seoul’s hi-tech transportation system through the collaboration between the public and private sectors, and; forecast of and preparation for future traffic situations through collaboration between transportation and big data under the theme “Now embracing an era of collaboration, after the era of opening beyond the era of cutting-edge.”