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Málaga trials virtual VMS tech for dynamic traffic management

Málaga is the first city in Europe to test Kapsch’s latest dynamic signalling system and real-time traffic optimiser.


The City of Málaga has signed an agreement with transportation technology company Kapsch TrafficCom to test a dynamic signalling system and real-time optimiser to better manage capacity and reduce emissions.


A dynamic signalling system, variable message signs (VMS) and a new ‘virtual VMS’ mobile app, which also provides audio instructions, will deliver the most appropriate route advice. It uses information from the traffic light system to dynamically calculate the optimal route.


A real-time traffic optimiser also dynamically modifies the duration of green lights, depending on the traffic conditions detected by the installed sensor system.


First in Europe


"It is very satisfying for Málaga to be the first city in Europe to realise a project of this magnitude. The technology will optimise the city’s traffic for the benefit of our citizens’ quality of life, resulting in less time in the car throughout their journey," said José Del Río, Málaga’s Councillor for Mobility. "This project also reinforces Málaga’s position as an urban laboratory for testing technological initiatives.”


The agreement is for two years, with the option for two annual extensions.


"It is very satisfying for Málaga to be the first city in Europe to realise a project of this magnitude."


The agreement is at no cost to the city, paid for through Kapsch’s R&D fund. Once the technology has been implemented, Málaga can add all the city’s roads to receive real-time information on the traffic situation.


Juan Marín, City Director: Spain & Portugal, Kapsch TrafficCom, said: "Public-private partnerships allow faster progress in the evaluation of innovative solutions for new mobility. The agreement we have signed enables the city of Málaga to be a showcase project for the use of demand and capacity management systems, which we will develop, implement and evaluate as part of a ground-breaking proof of concept in Europe.”

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