Ericsson can connect everything and everyone that moves: cars, trains, buses and goods, even pedestrians and cyclists - with the aim of taking the interaction between all actors to a new level.
This new level is about managing traffic more efficiently and make it intelligent as in safer, more efficient and more sustainable.
Road Traffic Management today is based on "best guess". A few monitoring cameras here and there to check that traffic flows, occasional calls to a control center to report and accident or to complain and the answers are ad hoc. Cities have a very scattered view of their traffic flows and it's also difficult for authorities to reach out to drivers and passengers with guidance.
Ericsson envisions solutions to this complex management challenge to evolve in three stages: Traffic will first be connected, then made cooperative and ultimately automated as far as possible (not in the limited sense of self steering cars, but much more, extended to rail transport and cargo).
What is Ericsson's traffic management?
Ericsson offers traffic management to cities, regional and national transportation authorities as well as public and private transport companies, including rail and public transport.Within traffic management, Ericsson offers consulting, integration and operation.
Ericsson's Connected Traffic Cloud consists of four main areas:• Connecting vehicles to each other and to traffic control (cooperative ITS).• Connecting roadside equipment to traffic management, such as traffic lights, speed cameras, road tolls and variable message signs to traffic control.• Within public transport, Ericsson offers connected bus fleet management• Traffic analytics: collecting and making sense of traffic flow data, for analyzing and planning purposes.
Ericsson offers the building blocks for solutions such as automation, which is a way of not drowning the driver with lots of information that pops up on displays, but instead channel as much as possible of that information to the vehicle itself. Vehicles can cooperate by automatically exchanging information to avoiding collision, stay on the road or keep "green wave" speeds. The vehicle would know what to do for instance in case of a tunnel accident: the cooperative ITS system would automatically inform, reroute and even stop vehicles in the proximity of the tunnel.
For fleet management, automation could mean coordinating connected cargo that is exchanged and moved by different transport modes, calculating the most efficient routing for each package.
Why choose Ericsson?
Ericsson's Connected Traffic Cloud means that the customer will not have to invest in equipment to the same extent and run expensive control and operation centers, they can be operated by Ericsson and bought as a service. The cloud brings additional value to customers that engage with different external partners or are located at different geographical locations - centers can be replicated in an open and flexible way.
Ericsson's deep involvement in the next leap in communications technology, 5G, following LTE/4G ensures that solutions are future-proof. 5G is geared to become the foundation for connecting machines and any kind of objects (a vision also known as the Internet-of-Things).
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