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Basque Government uses TomTom data to improve traffic flow

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The Basque Traffic Centre has also recently started using real-time traffic data from TomTom, which can be used in conjunction with the data collected from roadside measurement stations, helping them ...

The Basque Traffic Centre has also recently started using real-time traffic data from TomTom, which can be used in conjunction with the data collected from roadside measurement stations, helping them avoid investment in extra measurements stations, which are expensive to install and maintain.

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    Basque Government uses TomTom data to improve traffic flow Basque Government uses TomTom data to improve traffic flow Document Transcript

    • CASE STUDY Client: Basque Government’s traffic Department Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria, Spain TomTom Case Study Basque Government uses TomTom data to improve traffic flow Basque Government’s traffic centre The Basque Government’s traffic centre is now using GPS data from SUMMARY TomTom to improve its service provision. They’re also getting information from TomTom’s Custom Travel Time via the user-friendly online portal, Country: Spain Traffic Stats, which can be used for in-depth analyses of specific routes Sector: Government and locations. The Basque government can then use these reports to PROFILE improve the traffic management on its road network. The Basque Traffic Centre has also recently started using real-time traffic data from TomTom, which can be used in conjunction with the data collected from roadside measurement stations, helping them avoid The Basque government’s traffic centre collects traffic information for the region between North West and Central Spain, where investment in extra measurements stations, which are expensive to install the road network is very busy. and maintain. The traffic centre helps the authorities limit traffic jams and The Traffic Centre can use the real-time data to publish up-to-date traffic provide a good service to road information on online road maps, aiding road users to avoid traffic jams users. and therefore money, time and fuel. Added benefit of fewer traffic jams are improved traffic safety and air quality. maps & content | real time & historical traffic | lbs www.tomtom.com/licensing
    • „The TomTom data also lets us know CHALLENGE Basque government services are being forced to save what is happening money, managing the traffic centre has to continue to in between our provide the same service but with a smaller budget. The measurement stations.” challenges are considerable: reducing traffic jams will help the traffic centre raise the quality of life for people in the region by improving road safety and limiting CO2 emissions. Iñaki Eguiara, head of the Basque Government’s traffic research area SOLUTION The classic measurement stations work perfectly well already, but they do not provide information for areas between the roadside cameras. Instead of investing in extra cameras, which would be very expensive, the Basque Traffic Centre has opted to use data collected by TomTom from its GPS network. This budget-friendly solution gives them much more information, with both historical and real-time route data. BENEFITS • No investment in installation and maintenance of extra measurement stations • Roads users save time and fuel thanks to a reduction in traffic jams • Lower CO2-emissions and improved traffic safety • User-friendly technology • Reliable data maps & content | real time & historical traffic | lbs www.tomtom.com/licensing
    • The Basque government was already using TomTom’s historical traffic data: traffic centre employees retrieve TomTom’s Custom Travel Time from the user-friendly online portal, Traffic Stats, to analyse the flow of traffic on certain routes, and produce reports, make plans and offer advice. The new real-time traffic data provides further details of the live traffic situation. This information can be used to intervene quickly and efficiently when and where necessary. “We were already collecting real-time data from certain places on the roads,” explains Iñaki Eguiara, head of the Basque government’s traffic research centre. “We save this information in a database to build up a historical picture, and this works very well, but we also wanted access to more data so we could produce even better reports for more roads.” Data from measurement stations combined with TomTom information There is always a distance of five to ten kilometres between each two stations, which all consist of a digital display panel for providing information to road users, a camera, and the measurement system itself which collects the data. Iñaki Eguiara says that measurements stations would ideally be placed everywhere along the roads, even closer together. “But that’s impossible to implement „Fewer traffic jams also results in less air pollution and greater traffic safety.” and very expensive,” he says. “The systems also need to be maintained once they’ve been installed, which costs even more money. That’s why we decided to combine the existing systems with the data from TomTom. The GPS information doesn’t cover all the vehicles on the road, but it certainly provides a broader and more accurate picture. It also lets us know what is happening in between measurement stations – how many vehicles are passing, how fast they are going, and so on.” TomTom was initially contacted following a presentation at a conference. “We looked at other options too, but TomTom offered the most complete solution,” explains Iñaki Eguiara. “The other options didn’t have the same quality and quantity of data.” Online traffic information on road maps The Basque Traffic Centre also wants to publish the real-time information online in the near future. “This will mean all road users can see where there might be problems with traffic jams on an online road map,” explains Iñaki Eguiara. “We used to publish incidents that occurred on the road to our website using information from the police, so we knew what was causing the problems, but we didn’t know how they affected the traffic flow. Conversely, the information from TomTom doesn’t tell us the cause of a traffic jam, but it does let us know how long the jam is, and how long vehicles are being delayed. Combining the information from the police with the TomTom GPS data therefore means we now know the cause and its consequences. The ultimate goal is to always resolve traffic jams quickly, maps & content | real time & historical traffic | lbs www.tomtom.com/licensing Iñaki Eguiara, head of the Basque Government’s traffic research area
    • saving up to 500,000 euro of taxpayers’ money in fuel costs, and helping people be more productive with shorter journey times. Fewer traffic jams also results in less air pollution and greater traffic safety.” The Basque Traffic Centre is not actually responsible for the road network itself, but it does communicate with the government about it so that appropriate measures can be taken when necessary, e.g. installing more traffic lights, roundabouts or speed bumps in places where vehicles are driving too fast, or adding an extra lane to reduce traffic jams in certain areas. The measurements also sometimes lead to unexpected conclusions. “We once performed speed checks in a particular accident blackspot,” says Iñaki Eguiara. “We thought the accidents were being caused by vehicles being driven too fast, but the combination of TomTom data with historical information from our database identified they were mainly being caused by the poor state of the road. We naturally pass this kind of information straight on to the relevant authorities.” Good collaboration with integrator To get started with the TomTom data, the Basque Traffic Centre worked with integrator Geograma, who ensured the information was displayed graphically, and are continuing to provide technical support. “The collaboration with and communication between the various parties has always been very easy,” says Giuseppe Noto, account manager with TomTom. “We’ve been working with Geograma for some time now, so they already know our products very well. The resolved technical problems straight away and, as a local partner, they’re also close to both the client and the end users.” The Basque Traffic Centre also stays in touch with TomTom. “We mainly contact them by email when we have particular technical questions,” says Iñaki Eguiara. “We didn’t need any training with the historical information for our first TomTom project because Traffic Stats is such an accessible and user-friendly product. But the database analyses we want to perform now are a bit more complex, so Geograma has been providing training.” Interest from other regions Following on from the first experiences with the data from TomTom, the traffic centre is already very busy planning for the future. As well as the online maps for the general public, it’s also possible we will start collaborating with other regions outside the Basque Country. regional traffic centres. We gave a presentation about our project at a conference in Madrid, and we’re hoping to get even more out of the possibilities provided by TomTom soon, so that we can improve the traffic situation even further.” © 2013 TomTom. All rights reserved. Iñaki Eguiara: “We are the first to use this method, and we’ve had lots of interest from other maps & content | real time & historical traffic | lbs www.tomtom.com/licensing 2013.10.CS.BasqueGov.EN