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Offline meets Online – Real-time Traffic Forecasts

Real-time simulation is the ideal solution for improving traffic flow and road network utilisation, say SISTeMA’s

Lorenzo Meschini, and Thomas Otterstätter and Johannes Schlaich from PTV Group
Thomas Otterstätter, product manager, PTV Group
Thomas Otterstätter, product manager, PTV Group
Lorenzo Meschini, chief executive officer, SISTeMA
Lorenzo Meschini, chief executive officer, SISTeMA
Johannes Schlaich, director, product management, PTV Group
Johannes Schlaich, director, product management, PTV Group

 

Traffic managers know from experience what traffic is going to be like during a specific time and day of the week and can therefore handle incidents that occur regularly. They use real-time information from detector data, floating car data (FCD) and cameras. However, these data records only cover a certain part of the area. A daily challenge – because if something unusual happens or if several unprecedented incidents occur at once – traffic managers will get stressed quickly. That...

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