City of Cologne Completes Smarter Traffic Pilot with IBM

           City of Cologne Completes Smarter Traffic Pilot with IBM

German city uses predictive analytics to anticipate and avoid traffic jams
before they occur

PR Newswire

COLOGNE, Germany, Jan. 17, 2013

COLOGNE, Germany, Jan. 17,2013 /PRNewswire/ --The City of Cologne, Germany,
and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the completion of a smarter traffic pilot
to predict and manage traffic flow and road congestion in the city. The pilot
demonstrates how the city of Cologne can anticipate, better manage, and in
many cases, avoid traffic jams and trouble spots across the city using
analytics technology.


The city's traffic engineers and IBM were able to predict traffic volume and
flow with over 90 percent accuracy up to 30 minutes in advance. As a result,
travelers would be able to better plan ahead and determine whether they should
leave at a different time, plan an alternate route or use a different mode of

"The traffic prediction pilot results are very encouraging," said Thomas Weil,
Director of the Cologne Traffic Control Center. "Having the ability to create
actionable insight from the traffic monitoring data gives us an ability to
better manage congestion as well as provide citizens with more precise traffic
information. Our Traffic Command Center would be able to optimize current
traffic flow while anticipating and planning for potential traffic incidents."

Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city with a population of just over one
million, is a retail center, hub for trade shows and a cultural center with
many museums and galleries. The increase in traffic density and congestion has
incentivized the City of Cologne to seek out new ways to better manage and
optimize traffic flow and increase the capacity of its transportation networks
within the constraints of its infrastructure.

The traffic command center collects real-time data from more than 150
monitoring stations and 20 traffic cameras on the roads, highways and at
intersections that are known to be traffic hot spots. However, the command
center currently does not have advanced traffic management tools or a way to
forecast what traffic will be like in the near future. The advanced
transportation management software could help traffic officials identify
imminent road congestion and help them plan and respond ahead of time.

"As one of the first congestion-prone large cities to do so, Cologne has taken
an important step in the right direction with this project," said Eric-Mark
Huitema, IBM Smarter Transportation leader, Europe. "Intelligent traffic
management based on precise forecasting techniques can help cities anticipate
and avoid traffic congestion and possibly reduce the volume of traffic,
resulting in a more sustainable transportation network."

IBM transportation experts and researchers worked with the City of Cologne to
analyze data from its traffic monitoring stations along the on the left bank
of the Rhine for a period of six weeks with the aid of the IBM Traffic
Prediction Tool and IBM Intelligent Transportation solutions. The detailed
results, which compare the accuracy of the traffic prediction tool to the
real-time data, revealed the accuracy of short-term forecasting for 30 minutes
ahead to be 94 percent for vehicle speed and 87 percent for the volume of

The Traffic Prediction Tool invented by IBM Research is a component of the
IBM's Intelligent Operation Center software, which draws on experience gained
from Smarter Cities projects with cities around the world.

For more information on IBM Smarter Transportation, visit andfollow @IBMTransport.

Sara Delekta Galligan
IBM Media Relations

Annette Fassnacht
IBM Media Relations - Germany


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