More traffic, more incidents; an urban traffic managers nightmare. Yet tried and tested solutions to predict, detect, verify, and respond to such incidents are a dream come true.
The solutions were the result of research undertaken by the IST programme-funded PRIME project. The objective of PRIME, an acronym for Prediction of Congestion and Incidents In Real Time for Intelligent Incident Management and Emergency Traffic Management, was to develop innovative methods to improve the dynamic prediction, detection, verification, and response to incidents. This information could then be transmitted to an Urban Traffic Control (UTC) system, where control room operators processes it and issue a warning to drivers either through in-vehicle systems, Variable Message Signs, or via a public radio broadcast. The UTC system could feed this critical information to Incident Response teams and the appropriate response actions could take place, such as blocking a road and sending emergency vehicles on location.
Fourteen project partners in five countries - Spain, Greece, the UK, Germany and The Netherlands - developed prototype components by communicating and exchanging elements of design and code by e-mail and at project meetings. Eventually it was necessary to pull all of the work together, which was done at a workshop where components from Spain, Greece and the UK were successfully integrated and tested through a common database.
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