The Ipoh City Council (MBI) will be installing traffic lights powered by artificial intelligence (AI) under the Ipoh Smart City Action Plan to combat traffic congestion.
In a Facebook post, the city council said the initiative would be carried out in collaboration with Telekom Malaysia (TM), where a service subscription agreement for the Smart Traffic Light with Intelligence Analytic (STARS) system would be signed.
MBI also said the AI-powered system is capable of congesting videos from high-definition cameras and analytics to intelligently analyse traffic for an optimal traffic flow.
According to Perak Youth and Sports, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Khairul Shahril Mohamed, the system is expected to streamline traffic flow by up to 51% during peak hours.
This will then save time and cost for road users, as well as reduce carbon emissions in Ipoh by 7,500 KG.
In the post, the city council said the smart traffic lights have gone through a trial since last November at four junctions along Jalan Sultan Idris Shah but it did not clarify if and when the system will be expanded to other parts of the city.
It also said that all this will be centred around the new Ipoh Integrated Command Centre (IIOC), which has the ability to process Big Data using AI and Internet-of-Things.
With the help of Digital National Berhad (DNB) and TM, Ipoh has become the first city in the northern region to get 5G access at a speed of 1GB per second.
Other than the command centre, MBI will also add another 98 5G sites in the Greater Ipoh region by the end of October, and plans to eventually cover the entire state with 5G access.
Meanwhile, Penang is also piloting a 5G network in limited locations with plans for a wider rollout this year and it is still uncertain which northern state will be the first to achieve statewide coverage.