Kochi takes one more step closer to becoming a world-class city. With the launch of KMRL’s ambitious programme, ‘Intelligent CPS Data Analytics Platform for a Metro Rail Transport System’ that makes use of Artificial Intelligence(AI), machine learning and data analytic techniques, the city has become the first in the country to implement such a project in its public transport sector. The project is a joint research initiative of Kochi Metro Rail Limited, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology and Jyothi Engineering College, Thrissur.

Mr Suresh Gopi MP inaugurated the research programme which is led by Fr Dr Jaison Paul Mulerikkal CMI (Principal, Jyothi Engineering College, Thrissur). The event took place in Ernakulam on 21st February 2019 and was presided over by Mr APM Mohammed Hanish IAS, Managing Director, KMRL. Rev Msgr Thomas Kakkassery, Manager, Jyothi Engineering College (JEC), Thrissur and Rev Fr Mathew Vattathara CMI, Director, Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology (RSET), Kochi were also present.

Through this unprecedented initiative, transportation in Kochi will see a paradigm shift, in terms of better connectivity and seamless journeys. The data analytics platform for KMRL will collect, store and synchronize relevant data from the metro rail system, water metro, bus and auto-rickshaw networks. The main aim is to eventually improve Kochi’s transportation system by effectively managing its present services and systems and to plan ahead for the future. Privacy and security data analysis will be managed through a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and the derived information, insights and patterns will be made open to developers as well as the public. Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has allocated 25 lakhs to this project which will fund a part of the project cost. The Co-Principal Investigators of this project are Dr Vineeth Rajatlal (JEC), Dr Sminu Izudheen (RSET) and Mr Binu Ayyappan (RSET).   

Through its innovative initiatives, KMRL brings the people of Kochi closer to a smarter, evolved future where choices about faster and cheaper travel alternatives can be made with a single tap. Improved facilities like private taxi services and parking solutions are on their way. To understand patterns of passenger travel behaviour, analysis will be made with the help of ticketing data from KMRL, water Metro, bus and auto-rickshaw networks using machine learning and deep learning algorithms. With sufficient customisation, the project can be extended to other metro cities in the future.

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