Mandaue gets new traffic lights, CCTV-A A +A
Monday, April 7, 2014
ALL nine major road intersections in Mandaue City now have fully functional traffic lights.
Triune Electronic Systems Inc. turned over the modern traffic lights system to the City Government yesterday, almost eight months after the first set was inaugurated in time for Mandaue’s 44th cityhood anniversary.
Mayor Jonas Cortes, who received a symbolic key from Triune president Peter Ong, announced that the City will soon put up electronic advisory boards that will inform motorists about traffic conditions and display weather advisories.
The P39.9-million traffic lights are equipped with digital timers, sensors and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
Since the inauguration of the traffic lights, the cameras have captured several road accidents, some of which were shown to reporters and cameramen yesterday.
Ong said Mandaue’s traffic lights system is more advanced than those in other cities, including in Metro Manila, as it uses fiber optics to transmit images to the command center, which means the images travel at the speed of light.
“That’s our edge over other traffic lights system,” Ong told reporters.
Through real-time videos from the CCTV, traffic officials monitor road situations at the Bantay Mandaue 161 Command Center, located beside the City Hall.
“With these traffic lights system, we’re able to monitor the traffic more efficiently,” Cortes said, adding that traffic personnel are now able to do other important tasks instead of just directing traffic at road intersections.
The command center, which can be reached by dialing 161, is manned by personnel from the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue, Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation, Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), Bureau of Fire Protection and the Accident Control and Emergency Rescue Team.
Supt. Crisaleo Tolentino, deputy director for operations of MCPO, said the surveillance cameras will help the police track down criminals and gather evidence.
The traffic monitoring system, he pointed out, will also aid the police during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next year, with caravans of delegates expected to pass through Mandaue.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 08, 2014.