For innovative use of data analytics to improve bus services, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has emerged as the overall winner in the Government and Public Sector category at the Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Alliance (APICTA) Award 2014 ceremony, held on 30 November 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2. Supported by the 17 member countries of APICTA, the award is an annual international event that honours the best infocomm technology (ICT) innovations in the region. It aims to encourage the development of indigenous ICT solutions for the global market, promote economic and trade relations, and facilitate technology transfer. The event attracted more than 180 nominations from 17 countries in the Asia Pacific.
3. LTA’s deployment of advanced data analytics has helped to map out commuter travel patterns and behaviour across Singapore, and gain a better understanding of commuter patterns and travelling demand. Equipped with this information, our bus planners can efficiently map out travel patterns, identify bus routes with higher loading and inject new bus routes and additional buses to improve bus frequencies under the ongoing Bus Service Enhancement Programme. This resulted in a 60% reduction in the number of bus services with persistent crowding despite annual increase in average daily bus ridership. Average waiting time for popular bus services has also shortened by about 3 to 7 minutes.
4. Said LTA’s Group Director for Innovation and Infocomm Technology Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo, “It is an honour for us to represent Singapore for the APICTA Award 2014, and to receive the top award under the Government and Public Sector Category. The Land Transport Authority has been deploying advanced data analytics to improve commuters’ travelling experiences, and the award is a validation of the quality of our innovative efforts to enhance public transport services in Singapore.”