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Intelligent transport systems (ITS) for traffic monitoring, management and enforcement

Taming traffic with eyes in the sky

Innovative transport telematics systems for traffic management and traveller support can make urban passenger transport faster, more reliable and more efficient and as such more passenger friendly.

In the field of transport telematics CIVITAS cities have worked on real-time road-user information; ITS-based enhancement of public transport; and ITS for traffic monitoring, management and enforcement. This highlight focuses on the last of these.

Intelligent transport systems (ITS) include traffic and congestion monitoring and management systems, with an integration of traffic control centres. Access control and route guidance systems offer a range of benefits for a city. Goods delivery companies often introduce ITS because they can optimise trips with the combination of global positioning system (GPS) technologies and existing logistics programmes.

Such traffic management and control systems have significant efficiency benefits for both public and private transport. Therefore they make an effective contribution to the sustainable city goals of CIVITAS.

For this reason, the CIVITAS Initiative has realised 29 ITS measures for traffic monitoring, management and enforcement in 18 cities from 2002 to 2012. Read the CIVITAS highlight to learn about some of the most successful and eye-catching among these to inspire other European cities.