Plan is also to give live updates to fleet managers allowing the prevention of delivery delays
Swindon Borough Council has partnered with Cisco and Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider Davra Networks to deliver a smart transport network, based on real-time data, across the UK town.
The project will gather and analyse data from sensors and data sources to improve mobility and safety across the town, reduce congestion and improve traffic management.
Funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), Cooperative-Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) and Smart Infrastructure Competition, the initiative will look to improve traffic management on key routes by delivering updates to commuters in their vehicles helping them to avoid congestion.
“Every urban location suffers from congestion, and Swindon is no different,” said councillor Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport.
“The smart transport initiative, in conjunction with Cisco, is the next step to ensuring that we can optimise the roads in our town and, ultimately, ensure our citizens are safe while traveling around. We are looking forward to kicking off the project, utilising the real-time data and experiencing the benefits that this technology can offer.”
The initiative will be supported by an initial deployment of Cisco solutions including elements of its Smart+Connected Cities portfolio. The plan is also to give live updates to fleet managers, allowing the prevention of delivery delays that can impact just-in-time manufacturing processes.
“Unlocking congestion on our roads has tremendous opportunity to improve productivity in the UK and technology, specifically digitisation, has a key role to play in helping solve this age-old challenge,” added Scot Gardner, chief executive, Cisco UK & Ireland.
“As a company, we are committed to the development of Smart City projects and as such, we are delighted to have been invited by Swindon Borough Council to help [it] provide a better experience for road users. We look forward to seeing the project evolve, highlighting the impact smart technology can have on people in Swindon.”
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