Modelling and simulation software company PTV Group has launched a new cloud-based tool for real-time traffic management.
It says PTV Flows can visualise incidents in the road network and forecast unexpected congestion up to two hours in advance, enabling cities and road authorities to proactively manage traffic flows even without access to advanced traffic management infrastructures or detectors.
PTV explains efficient and safe traffic management relies on accurate traffic data and takes advantage of reliable short-term traffic flow predictions. Using machine learning and algorithms, PTV Flows analyses historical and current speeds as well as specific KPIs monitoring zones or corridors.
The concept is based on the idea that by identifying patterns and trends, the self-learning system generates forecasts for the next 30 to 120 minutes. Automatic and predictive alerts enable traffic operators to anticipate potential issues and take proactive measures to mitigate congestion. Additionally, relevant stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, can receive immediate notifications. Apart for the traffic management centres, the tool can be used for a wide range of use cases such as real-time monitoring of construction sites or evaluating the network performance of motorways or automation activation of traffic schemes using the predictive alerts.
PTV Flows embeds detailed maps and floating car data from major providers such as TomTom that are updated automatically. The software can be easily and flexibly adapted to different user needs. Installation is hassle-free as PTV Flows operates directly from the browser or can be seamlessly integrated via API into existing systems.
Christian U Haas, CEO of PTV Group – part of Umovity, commented, “Following the successful launches of PTV Access and PTV Lines, we are delighted to introduce the latest addition to our data-driven SaaS product portfolio: PTV Flows has been designed with cities and road authorities in mind that don’t have the time or the resources to set up and maintain an advanced traffic management infrastructure. This new lightweight tool will change their daily work. PTV Flows not only empowers operators to proactively manage traffic, reducing delays and enhancing safety, but also improves overall transport system efficiency.”
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