Launch of an intelligent traffic management system in Melbourne

One of the busiest roads in Melbourne, Australia will host a brand new traffic management system using the latest technology to reduce congestion and improve road safety.

The ‘smart corridor’ in Nicholson Street, Carlton, will be launched by the University of Melbourne, Austrian technology company Kapsch TrafficCom and Victoria’s Department of Transport.

Covering a 2.5km stretch of Nicholson Street between Alexandra and Victoria Parades, the smart corridor will use sensors, cloud-based AI, machine learning algorithms, predictive models and real-time data capture to improve traffic management, with the aim of reducing congestion. , improving road safety for cars, pedestrians and cyclists, and reducing emissions from traffic jams.

Building on different types of traffic sensors already installed by the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES), the team will refine the smart corridor over the next three years. The sensors will connect and monitor all parts of the transport environment. Safety measures will be integrated into real-time traffic light monitoring, derived from traffic safety software developed by Advanced Mobility Analytics Group.

AIMES is the world’s first and largest ecosystem for large-scale testing of emerging connected transport technologies in complex urban environments. It comprises over 100km of road network in Melbourne, bounded by Lygon and Hoddle Streets, and Victoria and Alexandra Parades, and is supported by Victoria’s Department of Transport.

The Smart Corridor marks an important new phase, offering a new level of surveillance, with sensors at every intersection and a host of initiatives that will create a world-leading traffic management system.

Image credit: Kapsch

Prof Majid Sarvi, director of AIMES and professor of transport engineering at the University of Melbourne, said the smart corridor will provide a model for cities around the world to reduce the costs of urban congestion. According to Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Infrastructure Audit Report, urban congestion costs the Australian economy A$16.5 billion in travel delays each year.

“In Melbourne alone, 492 people lost their lives in crashes at city intersections – more than half of whom were pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists – between 2006 and 2019. Our smart corridor will use the latest technology to better manage traffic and make our roads safer for everyone,” said Professor Sarvi.

The project will collect before and after data to demonstrate the Corridor’s effectiveness. Its performance will be refined to continuously improve results over the next three years, providing important evidence for implementation in other cities. The smart corridor uses the EcoTrafiX corridor management platform from global technology company Kapsch TrafficCom.

Matthew McLeish, TrafficCom Executive Vice President for Asia-Pacific, said: “From connected vehicles to autonomous driving to integrated mobility management, this technology is laying the foundation for a sustainable, traffic-free future. , using the best of multimodal demand. management technologies such as the Kapsch EcoTrafix platform.

Niloo Karimi, director of signaling services for Victoria’s Department of Transport, said the smart corridor was an exciting and important milestone for Melbourne. “The city has faced an increasing volume of road users over the past decades, leading to delays and an increasing number of accidents,” she said.

“Now, academic researchers, industry and government will leverage connected transport technology to explore better outcomes and solve safety and congestion issues to create a safer, cleaner and more secure transport future. smart for Melbourne.”

The Smart Corridor is supported by a $2 million Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant, with contributions from the University of Melbourne and industry partners Kapsch TrafficCom and Advanced Mobility Analytics Group.

ARC Acting Chief Executive Judi Zielke said: “The University of Melbourne, Kapsch TrafficCom and the Victorian Department of Transport, through their cooperation and cross-disciplinary links, have taken the idea of reduce traffic congestion to a real-time application. .”

Implementing smart city technology and successfully harnessing the vast amounts of data that the myriad of sensors can produce is a rapidly growing area of ​​interest for city planners and local authorities around the world.

The Island of Jersey is a locality positioning itself as a testbed environment for the Internet of Things and ‘digital twin’ data analytics, with smart traffic management solutions and more already in place , so that other countries and interested parties can study the real-world results.

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