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How smart are your traffic systems?

The tool has been used to show the positive effect of the city of Atlanta’s 25-year plan and investment in transportation technologies 

Atlanta's investment in transporation technology is paying off
Atlanta's investment in transporation technology is paying off

Free survey and guide aims to help cities improve their traffic flow

Intelligent transportation systems give cities more tools to collect data

MyCitySmarts confirms Atlanta's investment in transportation technology is paying off

Traffic systems technology specialist Miovision, has launched a free survey and guide to help cities improve the flow of traffic.


Once a city or agency representative completes the MyCitySmarts survey, they are given a customised infographic with an overall smart traffic signal score and in-depth breakdown in four key areas, including building an intelligent transportation systems (IT) master plan, adopting the right technologies to meet goals, evaluating traffic signal system performance and openly sharing traffic data with stakeholders.


Whether the city scores in the red, yellow or green, it will be given tangible steps to accelerate smart traffic adoption, such as developing a master plan, upgrading technology, training staff or adopting an open data policy.


The evolution of smart traffic technology is helping a growing number of cities address traffic congestion. ITS technologies are giving cities more tools to collect better data, improve monitoring and in some cases automate freeway management, traffic signal optimisation, incident and event management and failure responses.


“While a lot of cities are starting to investigate smart traffic technology, many simply don’t know where to start,” said Dave Bullock, managing director of ITS at Miovision. “It can be a daunting task. The MyCitySmarts survey will help them identify their challenges and how to overcome them. By comparing responses different stakeholders within the city, it can help ensure that teams are on the same page when it comes to setting priorities and implementing changes.”


In 2008, the city of Atlanta adopted the Connect Atlanta Plan for transportation investment priorities for a 25-year period. Eight years into the implementation the MyCitySmarts survey confirms that the city is on the right track, said CIO Kirk Talbott. The survey results note that Atlanta’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) sets out clear objectives and the city has made investments in the right transportation technologies to meet those goals. The next step is to encourage Atlanta to share transportation data broadly since untapped innovations can be unleashed if public data is opened up.


“We are committed to intelligent transportation here in Atlanta because we know it makes a difference to our residents,” Talbott said. “This survey is a great tool not only to keep all of us on the same page but also to help us consider new emerging technologies and tools that could help us achieve our goals.”


Incorporating ITS into the planning, design and operation of traffic signal control systems will provide motorists with recognisable improvements in travel time, lower vehicle operating costs, and reduced vehicle emissions.


The National Transportation Operations Coalition 2012 Traffic Signal Report Card found that while states and local governments are making progress managing and operating North America’s more than 340,000 traffic signals, improvement and investment in traffic signal operations remains critical to improving performance and service for drivers.


Named one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies, Miovision’s mission is to provide the foundation for tomorrow’s smart cities by reinventing the way traffic intersections are managed today. Miovision serves over 13,000 municipalities worldwide.


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