No one likes to be stuck in traffic! Avoiding congestion in a City can be tricky, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. Connecting citizens to traffic flow and congestion information helps people to arrive at their destination on time and aids with the smooth running of a city. Glasgow City Council has got the technology in place to accurately monitor the volume of traffic flow around the city. Sensors are located around Glasgow that report data back every 5 minutes, which builds up a detailed, real-time picture of the traffic movement in the City. This data feed will be made available on the Future Cities Open Data Portal. The sensors report back a variety of dynamic information:

  • Car park locations, their capacity and their current occupancy. This is accompanied with an appropriate status such as “enough spaces”
  • Vehicle flow per 5 minute period and the average vehicle speed per 5 minute period in different locations across Glasgow
  • Congestion data, reported as the percentage of congestion on different roads in Glasgow
  • Current and future traffic incidents, such as accidents, roadworks and upcoming events
  • The current message displayed on Variable Message Signs and the last time it was updated.

For example: road closures, maintenance work, heavy traffic flow, adverse weather conditions, broken down vehicles and major events will all be highlighted in this data. When a time-series of this data is visualised on a map of the City, a powerful resource is created showing congestion hotspots at certain times of the day. This can further add to the toolset used to manage traffic flow, help identify investment opportunities for infrastructure upgrade, and also aid citizens to plan their journeys efficiently around the City. This dataset can become even more useful when combined with the other datasets from the Open Data Portal, as a more detailed picture of Glasgow can be created. For example:

    • Data gathered from Intelligent Street Lights, such as cyclist movement across the city, and air quality monitoring.
    • Cycle Routes
    • Road Traffic Accident data between 2005-2012
    • Pedestrian counts
    • Deer / Vehicle collisions

Visualisation of Road Traffic Accidents in Glasgow Integrating these datasets helps create a picture of the busyness of Glasgow, which can contribute to helping people to move smoothly around the city.

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