SPRINT Traffic Control And Surveillance System (TCSS) Open Day
29 Apr 2006
SPRINT Highway and Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) users were recently given a rare opportunity to learn about modern urban highway facilities during the SPRINT TCSS Open Day held at Sprint Operations office in Petaling Jaya.
The TCSS centre is equipped with 24 monitors, including six large ones to constantly monitor live traffic along the SPRINT Highways (Damansara Link, Kerinchi Link and Penchala Link) and LDP. The images are captured by 48 closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) installed along the highways. Fourteen of these CCTVs are placed in the Penchala Tunnel alone.
In addition, the centre is manned 24 hours a day by trained traffic controllers to view the traffic situation on the highway. The traffic controllers are also trained to spot the cause of traffic congestion, such as vehicle breakdown or accident, so that action can be immediately taken to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
Litrak’s Chief Executive Officer, En Sazally Saidi, said operating urban highways is a challenging task as it is prone to traffic congestion, even when it involves minor accident or vehicle breakdown.
“That is why we need to have modern facilities such as TCSS centre and CCTV to monitor the traffic situation to enable us to take fast action”.
“0ur controllers constantly monitor the traffic situation and immediately inform our Ronda team on the situation to assist our customers who are facing with difficulties on our highways,” he added.
Sazally added most customers are still not aware that they are actually on the ‘safe hand’ when traveling on the SPRINT and LDP. “In case of emergency, we will immediately dispatch our Ronda personnel for assistance. If necessary, the vehicle would be repaired or towed to the nearest safe location for free”.
He said highway users who are facing with difficulties, or wondering about the traffic congestion can call the TCSS centre at 03-74947376, anytime of the day.
In addition, all the Variable Message Signboards (VMS) which display messages on SPRINT and LDP are controlled from the TCSS centre.
“By utilizing VMS, we can inform our highway users on the traffic situation ahead, or remind them about car maintenance or traffic safety,” said Sazally.
Apart from visiting the TCSS centre, the visitor can also view an exhibition and video presentation. Among the visitors were Kelana Jaya MP Loh Seng Kok and Segambut MP Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong.