Every minute of the day, a huge volume of traffic- and transport-related data is generated by road equipment, vehicles, and travelers. Many organizations are dependent on this data to optimize their business processes. For instance, a city to manage the road traffic, a production company to get its goods delivered in-time, and a bus operator to meet timetables. Although more data sharing could benefit these business processes, there are many reasons why data stays within individual systems, such as technical barriers, costs, confidentiality, and unfamiliarity.
Ericsson’s Connected Urban Transport is a novel solution that helps organizations to overcome these barriers and significantly improve their operation, without swapping out their legacy systems. The main features include:
- Dashboard, to have one central overview, across agencies, of the status of all systems – for quick troubleshooting
- Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), to monitor and track the city goals and suppliers’ performance – for performance and contract management
- Automation, where one system can trigger or notify another system when thresholds are violated – for faster responses and reduced workload
- Ecosystem, to share data and system services with other organizations in a controlled way – to increase collaboration and empowerment of other departments, travelers, and transport service providers
The features are enabled by Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. This is a rich out-of-the-box suite containing advanced ICT functions such as federated identity management, data and device management, rule engine, application linking, billing system and many more. These functions are common across many industries and organizations. The use of a broader IoT platform has the benefit that improvements are added continuously, based on needs and learning from other industries.
Example use cases include:
- City’s Traffic Management Operation: All systems are owned by the City, but not all systems are integrated. This is often due to all kinds of practical reasons such as legacy systems, procurement rules and different vendors with mixed technologies. By onboarding these isolated systems to the Connected Urban Transport solution, a significant improvement can be gained in terms of: 1) faster response times due a better overview and because all attention is spend on “deviating” situations that need attention, 2) ease-of-use and time savings for human operators due to single sign-on, and automation rules, 3) better cooperation with other departments in the City, but also with neighboring Cities, to share data and the dashboard overview.
- Road operators wanting to inform car drivers: Road operators manage the traffic using infrastructure such as road signs, traffic lights, and display. However, many travelers nowadays rely on mobility service providers, such as navigation apps or route planners. Meanwhile, roadside systems continuously generate data that is not available to these apps yet, such as bridge openings, accidents, current maximum speed, traffic light waiting times, etc. By exposing this digital data in real-time to (commercial) service providers, these travelers can be reached and informed much sooner and better. The result is a better optimization of the road network, resulting in more predictable travel times, and less congestion.