Software integrates traffic management for Seattle

New software installations from Siemens will combine information from different systems to create overall traffic management control for Seattle.

The US city of Seattle in the state of Washington will implement Siemens’ Concert, an integrated traffic management platform that connects both Siemens and third-party systems across the city including traffic control centres, intersection controllers and parking guidance systems. The software will link these traffic planning and control systems so that Seattle can take better advantage of its existing road infrastructure, lessen the impact of major traffic incidents, better manage traffic around large events and reduce overall congestion.

As part of the installation, Siemens has also named Seattle as one of the company’s Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Traffic Technology. Understanding the impact intelligent software can have on significantly improving a city’s transport system, Siemens will provide Seattle with its latest innovative technology to help expand the city’s smart traffic system infrastructure.

“Seattle is committed to improving traffic operations in and around our downtown core through the use of advanced software and hardware, and we’re excited to work with Siemens as a technology partner to help advance this initiative”, said Scott Kubly, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. “Technologies like the Siemens Concert software will help us use intelligence to reduce congestion and, ultimately, improve the driving experience for our citizens and visitors.”

“Surrounded by water and mountains, Seattle’s narrow north to south geography creates unique and challenging traffic situations,” said Marcus Welz, president of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems. “Our intelligent software platform will connect traditionally separate traffic systems in and around Seattle that will allow them better insight into their traffic flow, the impact of accidents and, ultimately, the ability to improve traffic and the quality of life of their residents and visitors.”

The Concert platform will integrate Siemens’ TACTICS traffic control system as well as the city’s existing dynamic message sign management system, the local travel time system and the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) freeway system. The software will consolidate data from these and other sources like weather reporting, existing road conditions and traffic data on special events such as concerts or ball games taking place in and around the city into a central management platform. With this insight provided by the software platform, the City of Seattle will have a real-time, comprehensive view into traffic as well as a powerful tool to better manage the transport network as a whole.

The resulting data collected by the Concert software will allow Seattle to quickly identify traffic-related incidents, determine the best response and plan its traffic patterns more effectively. The extensive information will also be provided to operators, travellers, traffic control systems and traffic planners via dynamic maps, message signs and posts on the WSDOT website to optimise mobility and safety in Seattle, while decreasing environmental impacts resulting from traffic.

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