Intelligent Traffic Systems Can Help Reduce Congestion & Pollution, Here’s How
More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas — a number that will possibly increase to over 60% in 2050. With more and more people moving into cities, new problems quickly come to the fore for city management. One such problem is traffic congestion, and it is deemed one of the worst ones that people face in big cities. It is not only a stressful experience for citizens, bad traffic is also one of the biggest contributors to reduced air quality, reduced quality of emergency services, and a reason for many accidents. How can a forward-thinking city implement smart technologies to deal with traffic and improve living conditions in urban areas? Let’s find out!
How does traffic impact the quality of life?
People move from rural to urban areas in pursuit of better jobs and living conditions. Unfortunately, more people means more cars which quickly overcome existing infrastructure and create congestion, especially in peak hours.
This poses four serious problems:
- Congestion increases the time it takes to get from A to B
- A great part of this time is spent waiting at intersections and in congestion
- Vehicles need to start and stop frequently, which is fuel-intensive
- Stopping, idling and starting produce higher fine particulate matter emissions which, under some meteorological conditions, stay close to the ground and create air pollution. An idling car can produce 271.4 grams of CO2 every five minutes.
All these aspects of traffic congestion lower the quality of life in a city in terms of the citizens’ health, time and emotional status. How can city management resolve these problems at scale with the already available infrastructure?
Smart solutions for better traffic in urban areas
The advent of smart sensors that can be installed everywhere — from intersections to smart lighting poles along streets, is the first step towards finding an intelligent solution to traffic challenges. The constant stream of data from these sensors will help city management create a robust improvement plan that can be adjusted automatically in real time.
What will be the main benefit for citizens from implementing an automated traffic control system? Decreasing the time it takes to get from A to B by up to 20% by reducing waiting time (and even eliminating stops altogether) at intersections is the most obvious benefit, that can be seen in a matter of weeks after the system has been deployed and started gathering data for the necessary optimisations. What does this benefit translate to?
- Drivers can reduce their fuel expenditure connected to frequent stopping, idling and starting again.
- The decrease in fine particulate matter emissions connected to less idling cars (especially in central parts of the city) will increase the air quality and improve citizens’ health status.
- Daily traffic-related stress will decrease, thus adding up to the health effects of the shift.
- Installing call buttons for pedestrians can significantly increase the time of the green signal for vehicles which also adds up to the time saved by the smart system.
- Public transit can operate more efficiently: increased on-time performance can help people decide to use it more frequently instead of their own vehicles.
Countries at the forefront of innovation like Singapore, The United Kingdom, Denmark and The United States are already investing heavily in traffic management pilots, proving that it actually does what it’s supposed to do — make city life easier.
How about emergency services?
Emergency vehicles need to move as fast as possible, yet they sometimes face challenges during peak hours despite their priority status on the roads. By improving the traffic conditions and cutting congestion, intelligent traffic management systems can help emergency vehicles move faster — and potentially save more lives.
A smart traffic system can even create a green wave for a vehicle based on its location in real time.
Telelink City can work with cities of all sizes to address their smart traffic management needs. Our team of dedicated professionals will take into consideration every aspect of the task and approach the challenges with a firm understanding of what traffic should look like in the cities of the 21st century.
Telelink City offers the following smart traffic management services and hardware:
- Classification of vehicles
- Counting of vehicles
- Speed and traffic direction measurement
- License plate recognition
- Traffic control software
- Traffic simulation software
- Traffic light controllers, priority green light, etc.
We understand that funding can pose a challenge in front of innovation so we can offer our services and hardware as part of a SaaS (Software as a Service) plan. This helps cities avoid the need for large initial investments, speeding up the process of implementation.
The light is green — contact us today and move forward with the smart traffic system of tomorrow!