Innovative new system monitors and predicts traffic congestion (Czech Republic)

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Taking data from a variety of source, the project promises to be cheaper and more effective than current traffic management systems.
Traffic congestion is associated with various costs, both economic and environmental. The impact of congestion in the Czech Republic has been increased recently, due to ongoing repairs on some of the country’s major roads. Responding to this problem, a consortium based at the Technical University of Ostrava has developed an innovative ‘dynamic mobility model’ that predicts traffic flows and helps make traffic management decisions.

Taking data from fleet management databases, telephone company GSM records and truck movements, the system is able to show both current problems and identify areas where congestion is likely to occur. It could be integrated into Google Maps or sat nav systems in cars, allowing drivers instant access to information about potential problems.

Moreover, the current traffic management model widespread across much of Europe is based on expensive networks of traffic monitoring cameras. This system offers an alternative solution that is more cost-effective and predictive. Currently the system is in its development phase, but discussions are ongoing with the Czech government with a view to implementing possible trials.

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Czech Republic
Traffic and demand management