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Sygic wheels out smart city platform

Platform also aims to enable development of more traditional mobility apps for commuters

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Screen grab shows an example of community navigation on the app
Screen grab shows an example of community navigation on the app

Sygic has introduced a smart mobility platform to help cities develop traffic management apps. The navigation app company is seeking to tackle the issue of worsening traffic congestion with its new platform.

 

In Europe, urban traffic congestion reportedly costs the EU nearly one per cent of its annual GDP and accounts for two fifths of all CO2 emissions. While in the US, the average commuter spends 42 hours annually stuck in traffic. In general, travelling in congested conditions increases travel times by a factor of 3-4 and carbon dioxide emission by four-fifths.

 

According to Sygic, its platform offers local traffic authorities the ability to roll out central navigation and traffic management apps that monitor and optimise commuters’ use of public and personal transport – from cars to bicycles, to public transport services.

 

The platform also enables the development of more traditional mobility apps for commuters, allowing citizens to reach their destinations via the fastest and least congested routes possible.

 

“Our first-of-its-kind platform will allow city authorities to promote specific forms of transport at specific times, creating traffic mitigation strategies that save the city time and money,” said Radim Cmar, smart city solution architect, Sygic.

 

“At the same time, commuters will be provided with fully integratable mobile navigation apps – giving them the optimal routes all the way to their parking spot at any hour.”

 

By collecting data from Sygic mobile application users and leveraging Azure cloud supercomputing resources, the solution provides real-time predictions of traffic levels, commuter behavior analysis, and forecasts of possible scenarios should certain infrastructure be closed or altered in any way.

 

With this data, city officials can coordinate use of a city’s infrastructure to make sure traffic flows as efficiently as possible, said Sygic.

 

Additionally, cities can use the platform’s data analysis to evaluate infrastructure quality and sustainability, to predict the effect of infrastructure changes, and to plan public transit routes, priority lane strategies, waste management and street cleaning services, and efficient traffic signalling.

 

“Building on the success of our mobile navigation apps, Sygic’s new platform will help build the smart cities of the future – helping them design and implement their infrastructure, transport strategies, traffic management tech, and fully integratable apps.” added Cmar. “This platform is capable of revolutionising how we move in and out of our cities.”

 

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