Traffic​ ​Management​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Service​ ​(,​ ​an​ ​urban​ ​mobility​ ​project​ ​driven​ ​by the​ ​​City​ ​of​ ​Ghent,​ ​has​ ​been​ ​selected​ ​by​ ​EU​ ​initiative Urban​ ​Innovative​ ​Actions​ ​(UIA)​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​financing.​ ​The​ ​Traffic​ ​Management​ ​as​ ​a Service-platform​ ​is​ ​a​ ​new​ ​and​ ​revolutionary​ ​traffic​ ​centre-concept​ ​for​ ​small​ ​and medium-sized​ ​cities.​ ​The​ ​European​ ​Commission​ ​will​ ​financially​ ​support​ ​the development​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Traffic​ ​Management​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Service-project​ ​by​ ​way​ ​of​ ​the​ ​UIA​ ​for a​ ​three-year​ ​period.

The project aims to develop the Traffic Management as a Service-concept for the City of Ghent, and to operationalise a virtual and digital traffic centre. Current urban mobility centres are notoriously expensive, and focus on installing costly hardware in order to monitor traffic. Moreover, those systems are unable to provide personalised information to the city’s residents. The Traffic Management as a Service-system on the other hand uses data that are readily available from various partners and companies, and works multimodal. In other words: it takes all manner of transportation modes into account. To achieve this, the system automatically checks all data coming in on journeys by bike, bus, tram, train, or on foot. Based on those data the platform will send all information necessary to each commuter by way of social media, while considering each individual’s personal preferences. Citizens are also able to provide Traffic Management as a Service-platform with feedback. As soon as a problem arises, the platform will automatically take action.

The full press release is available on the City of Ghent website here (in Dutch) and here (in English).

Find out more about Traffic Management as a Service by visiting their website here.

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