The Taichung City’s newly implemented Intelligent Traffic System based on technology of the German software company PTV Group has won the Distinguished Honor Award as best ITS project 2018 in Taiwan. The award was presented by Mr. Wang Kwo-Tsai, the Taiwanese Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications, during the ITS Taiwan 20th Anniversary Conference, which took place in Taipei, Taiwan in December 2018.
Taichung City is growing rapidly. With currently around 2.8 million inhabitants, the city’s main transport corridors are suffering from heavy congestion. Especially during the peak hours and on holidays. To address the current traffic congestion issue, to make the best use of the existing infrastructure and further optimise traffic flow, the Transportation Bureau of Taichung City joined forces with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) and the technology provider PTV Group in October 2017 to upgrade the existing ITS system at their Traffic Control Center with a real-time solution.
At the heart of Taichung’s new ITS system is the real-time traffic management solution PTV Optima. It combines real-time data with a model-based approach, provides accurate traffic information in real time and enables dynamic forecasting for a timescale for up to 60 minutes as well as coordinated adaptive traffic signal optimisation.
Taichung Transportation Bureau Deputy Director-General, Feng Hui-Sheng stated: ‘We are glad to work with PTV to implement a coordinated real-time regional traffic control system. With the real-time traffic prediction, adaptive traffic control, event management and alternative path guidance function, we can better manage congestion and respond to incidents faster.’ Taichung City now proposes alternative routes to motorists.
Also, six intersections in the greater Taichung region installed the traffic-adaptive signal timing solution PTV Balance. It assists in designing various signal control options and sending the optimised signal plans to the local controllers in a 5-minute interval; thereby coordinating ramp metering in the region and reducing travel delay for motorists.
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Source and photo credits: PTV