TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: Seattle to install software to manage city traffic system

The intelligent software system will help expand the city's smart traffic system infrastructure

May 18, 2016
Seattle to install software to manage city traffic system

Siemens announced Seattle, Wash. will implement Concert, an integrated traffic management platform that connects both Siemens and third-party systems across the city including traffic control centers, intersection controllers, and parking guidance systems.

The software will link these traffic planning and control systems so Seattle can take better advantage of its existing road infrastructure, lessen the impact of major traffic incidents, better manage traffic around large events and reduce overall congestion.

The Concert platform will integrate Siemens’ TACTICS traffic control system as well as the city’s existing dynamic message sign management system the local travel time system, and the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) freeway system. The software will consolidate data from these traffic platforms and other sources like weather reporting, existing road conditions, and traffic data on special events such as concerts or ball games taking place in and around the city into a central management platform. With this insight provided by the software platform, the City of Seattle will have a real-time, comprehensive view into traffic as well as a powerful tool to better manage the transportation network as a whole.

The resulting data collected by the Concert software will allow Seattle to quickly identify traffic-related incidents, determine the best response, and plan its traffic patterns more effectively. The extensive information will also be provided to operators, travelers, traffic control systems and traffic planners via dynamic maps, message signs and posts on the WSDOT website to optimize mobility and safety in Seattle, while decreasing environmental impacts of traffic.

With the software, Seattle can continue to modernize and enhance its transportation systems through improved intelligence, respond and adapt more quickly and intelligently, in real-time, to improve traffic flow and safety and the overall quality of life in the city. The technologies will also enable Seattle to more easily expand its systems for future transportation needs.