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SMART TRANSPORT


SMART TRANSPORT IS VITAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SMART CITIES, BRINGING WITH IT HUGE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES, SAYS STUART MAXWELL, ITS DIRECTOR AT WYG


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ransport has always been a critical factor in the development of successful cities and economies. Live travel information and electronic


ticketing systems may be the public face of smart transport, but many other systems play an important role monitoring and managing the underlying transport network, as well as providing some of the basic data that drives both public and personalised transport information services.


SMART TRAFFIC CONTROL Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) systems continually monitor on-street traffic conditions, and can manage various traffic systems to support transport policy objectives. For example, they take information from traffic detectors, pollution monitors and digital cameras, and manage traffic signal timings, car park guidance systems, on-street signs, variable speed limits, and access barriers. Managing traffic signal timings to minimise delay and congestion is a common application, but the systems also allow traffic managers to develop more complex traffic control and information strategies to address strategic


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traffic issues, major events, or unexpected incidents. Te systems can provide traffic information across a variety of media including on-street signs, web, mobile and social media feeds, with specific reports and updates for professional users such as highway maintenance staff and emergency services. UTMC systems have been available for some


time now, but new opportunities continue to grow. Traffic speed and count data from GPS and Bluetooth-enabled devices can easily enhance and extend network monitoring within UTMC systems. It is now also possible to combine UTMC systems with online micro-simulation models to assess the benefits of alternative traffic control strategies in real time, making traffic predictions up to one hour ahead. WYG is currently using Bluetooth detector data in the design of quality bus networks, and is assessing the potential of UTMC and micro-simulation modelling for UK clients.


RELIABLE PASSENGER INFORMATION WYG has supported a number of UK authorities in delivering bus information and fleet management systems. Tese smart systems can add significant value for bus operators, their passengers and public


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