Traffic planners get reliable, accurate data that allows them to analyse for real trends using the actual conditions of a location at a point in time
Traffic systems technology company Miovision has added Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to its Scout platform to help improve traffic data collection.
The aim is for traffic planners and engineers to access new tools and data types more easily to make better decisions for the future of their communities.
“Adding or widening roads is rarely the answer to traffic congestion,” said Kurtis McBride, CEO of Miovision.
“Cities are making smarter decisions to help people – whether they are drivers, cyclists, transit passengers or pedestrians – get from point A to point B quickly and safely. Reaching that goal doesn’t happen without the work of transportation planners and engineers, and those people need good data and the tools to analyse it at their fingertips. That’s where we come in.”
Miovision’s Scout video collection unit is used by 13,000 cities, counties and transportation agencies around the world to gather data on how roadways are used by vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
The new Scout connected adapter brings IoT connectivity to the platform, connecting Scout devices through cellular or wi-fi networks to provide data planners with access to meaningful types of data they’ve never had before.
Traffic data can be imported directly into Miovision’s free cloud-based platform for organising, visualising and sharing data. The platform also acts as a data repository where planners can combine new data with previous information to glean new insights, the company said.
The Scout connected adapter offers several benefits for transportation planners, including:
New data types – IoT connectivity allows the devices to capture MAC address signatures and timestamps from passing wi-fi-enabled mobile devices. Now, planners can examine travel times between two or more Scout devices, and conduct multimodal studies that offer a more complete picture of how roadways are being used. These new data types result in the most complete traffic data that can be collected from a single source.
With a complete view of meaningful data directly from city streets, planners can make informed decisions about the future of their cities.
Ground-truth data – Traffic planners get reliable, accurate data that allows them to analyse for real trends using the actual conditions of a location at a point in time.
Planning made simple – Projects planned and executed within the cloud platform can be linked to Scout units collecting data in the field so planners can track the progress of data collection.
“Good planning requires good data to help us make smart decisions,” added Robert Wertman, transportation planning supervisor for the Madison County (Ind.) Council of Governments, an early Scout platform user.
“The Scout platform helps us collect that data more quickly so we can identify problems sooner and avoid delays. We are able to conduct better simulations of our transportation system using Scout and then make better choices about where to invest in infrastructure.”
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