The Austrian city of Graz has started trialling a smart traffic monitoring platform (TMP) by traffic solutions provider LMT, to gain real-time data on traffic at a central intersection with heavy traffic. The data is to be used to analyze traffic in order to improve conditions for cyclists and further encourage green transportation.
In accordance with the European Green Deal’s goal of becoming the first climate-neutral continent, Graz is implementing policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city.
Latvia’s LMT offers a fully GDPR-compliant video system, equipped with edge computing and AI algorithms that make it possible to distinguish between different traffic participants and provide accurate data. The system is easily and quickly installed and can be mounted onto any existing traffic infrastructure. Data is transmitted through the mobile network, so no additional construction work is necessary to ensure connectivity.
Current sensor-based solutions to gain data on traffic participants are not able to reliably distinguish between cars, taxis, mopeds, cyclists and scooters in specific settings, such as narrow streets. To ensure accuracy, video observation is necessary.
What’s more, TMP supports AVs by providing real-time, accurate data on diverse traffic participants. Its video observation with AI distinguishes between vehicles, especially in complex settings. Data on traffic infringements enhances road safety and contributes to the development of AV safety protocols.
The Graz trial will cover one intersection. It will also collect data on traffic infringements, such as running a red light. If successful, the system could be applied to other intersections throughout the city.
“Using existing technologies for innovative solutions keeps running costs down, while creating valuable data and insights in the city’s mobility. Graz is always looking for innovative, affordable and scalable solutions in traffic management while keeping all data safe,” said Bernd Cagran-Hohl, road management office, City of Graz.
The use of the traffic management products (TMP) supports the European Union’s Vision Zero – no fatalities and severe injuries on European roads by 2050. According to the companies, not only does the platform provide data to municipalities that inform the implementation of traffic management solutions, but it can also alleviate pressure on law enforcement’s resources and identify larger amounts of traffic violations.
“In municipalities, where infrastructure developments require significant budgets, the stakes are high to get it right the first time. With the help of the latest technology, it’s possible to gain access to that data to further inform decision making, while also supporting initiatives to improve a greener and safer environment for communities,” added Gints Jakovels, computer vision and solutions manager at LMT.
The traffic monitoring platform is available for use in municipalities and communities worldwide. Installing the solution is construction-free, and it can be set up in less than a day on every traffic light pole with access to electricity and 4G or 5G network coverage.