Cities sought for Traffic Management as a Service replicator programme
Ghent developed the TMaaS concept as an alternative to the traditional traffic management centre, which is common in most larger cities. It allows cities to see what’s happening 24/7 in their cities, to show and tell citizens what’s going right and wrong in the streets, listen to their responses and act upon them.
TMaaS is a central cloud-platform that integrates local and global data sources. Local authorities can access the platform and manage traffic instantly, instead of investing years in hardware. It can be expensive to set up and maintain traffic management centres, as well as the roadside hardware (for traffic monitoring). TMaaS uses data that is readily available from various partners and companies. What’s more, it is multimodal.
TMaaS also makes use of existing channels, such as social media, to communicate with users. Citizens can subscribe to alerts. When a specific mobility event or disruption matches the user’s preferences or routes they will be informed and alternatives will be suggested.
Ghent believes that TMaaS is a viable solution for smaller and medium-sized cities which want to work in a more proactice manner on traffic and mobility management. It is for this reason that it has launched the Replicator City Programme in which ultimately three cities will have the opportunity to work with the TMaaS team to learn about cloud-based mobility management. A budget of €10 000 is available for each selected TMaaS replicator city to procure data from third parties.
For more information about TMaaS and the replicator programme, click here.
The deadline for applications is 30 June 2019.