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FROM SMARTER TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO A SMARTER CITY

04/24/2018

Collecting data from detectors and sensors makes it possible to analyze and use information to trigger various actions, both manually and automatically. When it comes to the potential future applications of such a system, the only limits are those of the developers’ imaginations! The options are many, and they can lead to improvements to both the environment and the everyday lives of commuters and city residents.

Effective coordination via a single system
Omnia makes it possible to collect all of the features of traffic management in a single system. There are many benefits to such streamlining. Everything from parking sensors to VMS signs and traffic lights can be connected via the system, thereby ensuring a more efficient and environmentally-friendly traffic flow. With Omnia, one can easily and safely control the rights and access of numerous types of users - from superusers to temporary users who only require access to certain parts of the system.

Technically speaking, how does Omnia work?
Omnia uses a WEB API (web application programming interface) to communicate with other solutions and devices. This makes it easy to share information and collaborate with other programs/applications and solutions. Perhaps most importantly, the system allows users to collect data from detectors and sensors. This data can be processed further and analyzed, and can then be automated in Omnia, which in turn can send data and commands back out to other programs and devices, such as weather and environmental measuring stations and signs. This can be accomplished both in real-time and over longer periods, by collecting, updating, and exporting statistics.

Examples of 10 features that could be implemented in the solution.
Some of these features already exist, and others can be developed:

  • The collection, processing and use of data
    Useful traffic data can be collected, analyzed, processed and used in Omnia. The solution provides great opportunities to run reports, see relationships, and trigger automated actions based on the collected data.
  • ECO-driving
    Reduce emissions and lay the groundwork for a more seamless driving experience. Send data to cars about how long it will be until the light turns green or red, and propose recommended driving speeds.
  • Help drivers to find a parking place more quickly
    Instead of having to drive around and hunt for parking, motorists would instead receive help from Omnia to find an available spot. Such useful information can be provided via an app, the dashboard of the car, or by using the parking information signs along a given route. Sensors can reveal the location of available parking spaces. The sensors send the information to Omnia. Users can then use this data to collect useful reports, and to share information with the public about where parking is available.
  • Event detection and video surveillance (CCTV)
    How about a solution that automatically captures unusual traffic activity? This can include anything from congestion and accidents to cars that have stopped in the middle of the road. Users can then actively go into the system to redirect traffic via Omnia, either manually or automatically. This can contribute to faster intervention, reduce the scope of negative side effects, and help get stopped traffic moving more quickly.
  • Optimization of traffic signal timing
    A calendar for scheduling how traffic signals react at traffic lights. Omnia makes it easy to manage traffic flows associated with large events that require both planned and immediate changes to the traffic flow. Moreover, the system also makes it possible to add more automatic functionality in which changes are triggered automatically by various events. The system also accommodates adaptive dynamic traffic optimization.
  • Prioritization of public transport.
    The ability to prioritize public transport can allow Omnia users to provide more attractive services, which in turn will yield great environmental benefits.
  • Traffic sign control/management of VMS signs
    Updating and modification of the messages displayed on digital traffic management signs (VMS-signs), which can warn drivers about accidents, slippery roads, congestion and roadwork. Omnia can also be used to control warning signs and variable speed limit signs posted near schools, thus making the surrounding roads safer for children. Both manual and automatic messages can be displayed.
  • Emergency traffic grids and the prioritization of emergency vehicles
    Should events occur that necessitate an evacuation, it is important that it be possible to rapidly guide road users away from the affected area. Planning emergency routes in advance makes it easier to implement their use in the event of a crisis situation, thereby ensuring that people can evacuate the area more quickly. In addition, the Omnia system can make it possible to assist emergency services so that in situations in which every second counts, they can arrive on the scene faster and more safely.
  • Traffic management based on air quality
    By connecting to various measurement stations and sending the data from these facilities directly to Omnia, it could be possible to control traffic based on the measurement results. By setting up forecasts based on the same data, Omnia users can also ensure a more proactive traffic flow.
  • Lighting
    Omnia can also easily be used to control and monitor road lighting. The lighting can also be adaptively controlled and triggered by sensors.