Technology Innovation Challenge
Independent verification of the results
Publications of lessons learned by all the parties
Reference site and report for ADB and development member countries
Recommendations for next steps to scale-up the proposed solutions, including for future ADB-funded projects
Have a vision, plan and capability for future implementation/commercialization of the innovative technology solutions in DMCs
A user-friendly interactive system through the Technologies for Urban Transit to Enhance Mobility and Safe Accessibility (TUTEM) project that aims to enhance the last-mile security & safety of transit passengers in Hyderabad by providing commuters with safe access enroute to transit stations through mobile application platform was developed by Prof. Arkopal Goswami, Chairperson of Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management and Prof. Shreyas Bharule, Architecture and Regional Planning of IIT Kharagpur along with Prof. Avijit Maji of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (lead); Prasant Sahu of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus and LocationMind Inc., Tokyo. The project was announced the winner in the ADB Knowledge & Innovation Hub’s Transport Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC) supported and financed by the High-Level Technology (HLT) Fund ADB’s multi-donor trust fund promoting more widespread adoption of high-level technology in ADB projects.
Prof. Arkopal Goswami
Chairperson of Ranbir & Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design & Management
The venture will develop a user-friendly interactive system through the TUTEM: Technologies for Urban Transit to Enhance Mobility and Safe Accessibility (TUTEM) project. TUTEM aims to enhance the last-mile security & safety of transit passengers by providing commuters with safe access enroute to transit stations through mobile applications/features. It will develop security ratings for access routes to urban transit transfer points (UTTPs), safely pair users with secure para-transit operators, develop a speed-dialing system for distressed passengers, and finally demonstrate the system as a proof of concept (PoC).
Under TIC, technology providers are invited to submit a proposal to undertake a proof-of-concept/pilot of a high-level technology solution to address an identified development challenge where the selected proposals can receive a grant of up to US$500,000. The purpose of the TIC grant is to introduce new solutions in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs) and thereby support ADB’s mandate in assisting DMC’s to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Through TIC, DMCs will learn about new technology solutions to address various development challenges, and technology providers’ risks related to market entry may be reduced by showcasing their technologies.
Prof. Shreyas Bharule
Architecture and Regional Planning
The proposed technology or solution has to be new to the country or to the context with improved efficiency, impact, and/or life-cycle cost compared to existing solutions. However, the technology should have been tested and verified before in another country or context. The Transport Sector Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC) calls the technology providers to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to propose and conduct a pilot on high-level technology solution addressing one of the two development challenges – Improve Security for Public Transport Users and Promote Health & Hygiene for Public Transport Users.
The ADB Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC) calls for technology providers to submit proposals for innovative solutions to address a specific development challenge that ADB teams have identified. The winning proposal is awarded a grant to accelerate implementation of proposed technology solutions. TIC is being implemented under the knowledge and support technical assistance “Support for Innovation and Technology Partnerships in Asia and the Pacific – Subproject 3: High-Level Technology Application to Address Development Challenges,” which is financed on a grant basis by the High-Level Technology Fund and administered by ADB.
Description of the HLT solution and TIC project:
- A mobile based application will be created and tested in Hyderabad.
- The technology aims to enhance last-mile security and safety of transit passengers and give passengers an option to choose the safest mode/route of the transit through the mobile application platform.
- A user-friendly interactive system will be developed where passenger can get real-time information about the city’s transit network and public and para transportation system’s operation.
- The technology includes safety and security rating dashboard for urban transit transfer points and its adjoining area; pairing users among themselves and with pre-verified local paratransit systems for first and last mile routes; and speed dialing system for the distressed passenger.
Inputs by : Prof. Arkopal Goswami, Chairperson of Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management, IIT Kharagpur
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