Cities around the world are growing. On the one hand, growth is very welcome, but on the other hand it also brings challenges. One factor that influences our quality of life is how well we can get from A to B. With limited capacity, it becomes difficult to manage mobility and keep traffic flowing. This requires well-organised, modern traffic control centres that take a holistic approach to mobility that includes all modes of transport and meets society's growing need for flexible mobility.

"At SWARCO, we combine experience & quality awareness with innovation. We help cities and communities around the world to equip their traffic control centres with the latest technology to meet current and future challenges. Whether it is monitoring traffic, reducing congestion or improving air quality, we place great value on close & collaborative partnerships with sustainable solutions that enrich the mobility strategy of our cities & communities. This is our guarantee for success in complex projects.

Michael Schuch, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Why traffic control centres?

Most larger cities have established traffic management centres. These traffic control centres are usually central control rooms for mobility management, where traffic is monitored, controlled and is where mobility strategies are implemented.

Growing cities & communities pose new challenges for transport and mobility worldwide

  • Whether in the air, on rail, road or water: space is becoming increasingly scarce.
  • The flow of traffic is becoming tougher and thus more difficult to control.
  • Traffic jams increase and air quality deteriorates.
  • Costs for logistics and transport are increasing.

These challenges increasingly require competent transport planning and the development of a comprehensive traffic control strategy.

Traffic Management Centres

What you get from SWARCO

Schedule-based Control


Adaptive Traffic Control

Controller Planning-Tools

Asset Management




Public Transport Priority


Priority for Emergency Vehicles

Traffic control centres: Solutions - by SWARCO

Modern traffic control centres can detect traffic incidents as they develop & initiate sensible measures to avoid congestion or unnecessary delays. The precise observation of traffic in real time forms the basis for traffic control centres to control the daily stop-and-go traffic, to coordinate special events (e.g. sports or major events) and to react in time to emergencies (e.g. accidents or severe weather). 

To modernise traffic control centres, SWARCO offers various solutions & products in the following areas:

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Traffic Control Centres powered by SWARCO

Traffic control centres - powered by SWARCO - monitor traffic signals, intersections, roads, support cities and communities worldwide in implementing their traffic management strategies. Whether it's danger alerts, the current traffic situation, foreseeable traffic disruptions or weather-related emergency messages and much more: it is crucial that all relevant information is gathered at a central point and analysed correctly. We provide you with well-thought-out, tried-and-tested solutions to create state of the art traffic control centres - from suitable furniture and monitor walls to the appropriate software. 

Last but not least: New technology in the field of programme & process automation are increasingly helping to harmonise traffic flow, reduce congestion, lower fuel consumption, improve air quality, shorten response times and thus significantly improve road safety.


Frequently asked questions briefly explained

A traffic control centre mainly consists of monitors and screens on which the traffic events of a city or a municipality are displayed - if possible in real time. Behind the screens sit mostly officers who monitor the selected traffic junctions and react accordingly to events. Meanwhile, many processes run automatically. Automation and AI-controlled systems are on the rise and already act independently in some cases.
The essential tasks of a traffic control centre include controlling the flow of traffic, avoiding or reducing congestion and minimising the risk of accidents. This works, for example, by controlling the traffic lights in a city. Depending on the traffic volume, green phases can be extended or shortened at certain junctions - and thus proactively influence the traffic situation.

Traffic control centres are used wherever the traffic volume is correspondingly high, i.e. in cities, municipalities & conurbations, but also at ports or very large industrial complexes. In short: everywhere where it is worthwhile to monitor and, if necessary, control traffic flows.

With cities & towns continuing to grow, traffic control centres are basically pursuing the same goals worldwide. Among the most important are the following:

1. making the best possible use of the available traffic space.
2. to maintain the flow of traffic (24/7)
3. reduce congestion and delays
4. improving air quality
5. reducing fuel consumption (through less stop-&-go).