LAMATA: Modern operational control system for Nigeria

Lagos, the largest city in Africa, was characterised by a permanent infrastructure overload due to rapid urbanisation before the turn of the millennium. In 2002, Lagos State government set up the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (LAMATA) to centrally coordinate all transport programs in the metropolitan area.

In order to minimise traffic congestion and to enable efficient operations for the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), LAMATA decided to introduce the first ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) for the bus operator PRIMERO. LAMATA was looking for a central solution for the integrated planning and scheduling of all its resources. In 2016, LAMATA commissioned a Consortium around the IVU to implement the integrated standard products of IVU.suite.

Applying the planning products IVU.timetable, IVU.run and IVU.duty, the consortium was able to implement a timetable and duties in compliance with the requirements. The fleet management system IVU.fleet helped the authorities to set up a new control centre to monitor traffic events live, enabling them to intervene in the event of an emergency. In addition, the Consortium installed IVU.box.touch on-board computers with a driver display and the IVU.cockpit operating system in all vehicles, providing drivers with up-to-the-minute information. The smartphone app “Lagos BRT”, based on the IVU.realtime.app, informs passengers about current departure times and enables individual travel planning.

Thanks to the IVU solution, LAMATA has taken a first step towards introducing technology in operations. As a result, the agency now has a powerful system for managing what has been, hitherto, very chaotic traffic of the metropolis to orderly paths and for sustainably improving the supply and demand of transportation in the city.

Objectives

  • Integrated planning process
  • Setup of a transport plan
  • Centralised network and timetable planning by the authorities
  • Vehicle working scheduling and vehicle planning by the bus operators

Specific details

  • First Introduction
  • Reorganisation of Public Transport