Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Close  
  • share this
‘EYES IN THE SKY’

MMDA turns to drones to manage traffic

By: - Reporter / @dexcabalzaINQ
/ 05:03 AM June 05, 2018

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be taking to the skies — through its remote-controlled drones — to monitor traffic and flooding during the rainy season.

MMDA Chair Danny Lim tested the four drones that were also used to manage traffic on Monday, the first day of classes for public schools.

The drones, which Lim called “eyes in the sky,” can stay aloft for 30 minutes at an altitude of almost 122 meters. They can be controlled remotely from a distance of up to 7 kilometers.

ADVERTISEMENT

The drones came with tablets, remote controls and battery sets.

Costing P100,000 each, these were donated by a private citizen who did not wish to be identified, the MMDA said.

Real-time footage

“These drones are significant tools to help us in our decision-making since real-time footage on ongoing events could be provided,” Lim said.

He added that the drones could give them “a bigger picture for faster and orderly traffic management in congested areas.”

At present, the MMDA’s traffic monitoring is done on the ground at its Metrobase that uses hundreds of closed-circuit television cameras installed all over the metropolis.

ADVERTISEMENT
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Danny Lim, eyes in the sky, MMDA, traffic drones
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.