Undoubtedly, road safety has become one of the most prime concerns for Government and Traffic authorities the world over. In addition to giving importance to the sensors, lighting systems, camera installations, speed guns, etc., the most phenomenal aspect which is derived out of them is data-driven road safety management.
The need for data for enhanced safety
The contribution of technology in getting access to data is noteworthy as relevant authorities due to it can take steps that enhance the safety of commuters. There are two immediate benefits which can be derived from data-
- Data helps in quick resolution of issues
- Data helps in identifying problems, analyzing them and above all correcting them
So at the end of the day what makes a lot of sense is the placement of systems that helps with the necessary numbers which in turn leads to better forecasting.
Monitoring systems & their importance in traffic management
Transport authorities have raised the bar high when it comes to the usage of the exact equipment for predicting better road safety. This equipment is none other but a sensor that gives out information on the number of vehicles on a given road at a given time or a camera that helps with images of potholes and various other aspects related to traffic movement.
Intelligent transport is derived from nothing else but a robust technological system. There are certain benefits attached to it such as-
- Resolution of traffic problems which includes congestions, pollution, and safety
- Increasing the efficiency of the transport system
The value of sensors
Sensors for that matter have time and again shown their importance in giving out what most people call very accurate and well-established data. Their usage can stretch from identifying the traffic pattern to even monitoring the availability of the parking space. These sensors like any other equipment are linked to the traffic system servers which then spread out information to authorities. These authorities then take it a step further by using it for their forecasting and planned research or even sharing it with various applications that have found a place today on everyone’s smartphone.
The data which comes from the sensors and cameras gets used in a very user-friendly form through lit-boards on roads that give out information in relation to the traffic jams or accidents if any. During winters when visibility becomes a major issue, these sensors warn the drivers of the weather conditions to avoid adversities.
Smart poles play their part too
Smart poles too have become quite a trend in upgrading traffic monitoring systems. These poles come equipped with sensors and cameras which keep providing useful inputs in real-time. The most important aspect is their placement which usually happens to be at intersections where the chances of getting traffic congestions are more. Even the pattern of traffic movement gets gauged due to the cameras placed on these smart poles enabling the authorities to make adjustments as and when required.