Seattle will install a new intelligent traffic system

Seattle will implement an integrated traffic management platform to better link traffic planning and control systems.

Siemens will provide the platform to help the city better leverage its existing road infrastructure and reduce the impact of traffic incidents and traffic management around major sporting events. As part of the facility, Siemens has also named Seattle one of the company’s Centers of Excellence for intelligent traffic technology.

“Seattle is committed to improving traffic operations in and around our downtown core through the use of state-of-the-art software and hardware,” said Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly. “Technologies such as Siemens Concert software will help us use intelligence to reduce traffic congestion and ultimately improve the driving experience for our citizens and visitors.”

Concert, an integrated traffic management platform that connects both Siemens and third-party systems across the city, including traffic control centers, intersection controllers and parking guidance systems.

“Surrounded by water and mountains, Seattle’s narrow north-to-south geography creates unique and challenging traffic situations,” said Marcus Welz, president of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems. “Our intelligent software platform will connect traditionally separated traffic systems in and around Seattle, enabling them to better understand their traffic flow, crash impact, and ultimately the ability to improve traffic and the quality of life of their residents and visitors.”

The Concert platform will integrate Siemens’ TACTICS traffic control system as well as the city’s existing dynamic traffic sign management system, local travel time system, and Washington Department of Transportation’s freeway system. (WSDOT). The software will consolidate data from these traffic platforms and other sources such as weather reports, existing road conditions and traffic data on special events such as concerts or ball games taking place in and around the city in a central management platform.

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