Traffic management systems use information and communication technologies (ICT) and it applied to both transport infrastructure and vehicles in order to improve safety, reliability or even productivity.
Traffic management systems nowadays are also addressing the need to tackle environmental factors.
The ultimate aim is to influence future policy so that traffic management systems that benefit public health and safety are widely implemented.
The difficulty occur when it comes to traffic management on how transport impacts on urban mobility, how green the transport system is, and the health, safety and security of citizens.
In UK a research lead by University of Leicester and Leicester City Council on project aimed at delivering green traffic management systems in European cities and towns has commence since January 2012.
The project aims at using intelligent Traffic Management to boost competitiveness of transport-related economies at urban, regional and local levels as well as to deliver innovative solutions to traffic management operations, to reduce traffic emissions and improve air quality locally.
The three-year project, known as ‘THE ISSUE’ (Transport Health Environment – Intelligent Solutions Sustaining Urban Economies).
It will support scientists, engineers and development agencies from several different European regions to work together, using the latest space and information technologies, to develop more effective methods of easing road congestion and improving the urban environment.
The University of Leicester acting as scientific lead and Leicester City Council assuming the role of accountable body for the overall project. University of Leicester will also work closely with De Montfort University, The University of Nottingham and Astrium Services (Leicester).
Making Leicester a low carbon city is one of the priorities and this research will be essential to helping tackle issues around congestion and air quality in the future.
It is hoped that the research outcomes will be used to influence future policy and the implementation of traffic management systems that benefit public health and safety.
Funding of EUR2.7 million (RM10.7 million) has been secured from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program – ‘Regions of Knowledge’, which promotes knowledge exchange and joint working between European regions to stimulate economic growth and job creation.
Source: Traffic Technology Today, Nereus and Eurekalert
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