Toronto Mayor Tory navigates new smart traffic signal technology to monitor traffic flow in real time
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Toronto, Nov 24 (Canadian-Media):An announcement was made today by Toronto Mayor John Tory had announced today to launch two smart traffic signal pilot projects in the City of Toronto (including Toronto and its neighbouring cities) to test the latest technology in smart traffic systems and also installed the first smart traffic signal at the intersection of Yonge Street and Yonge Boulevard, media reports said.
"The City is finally moving into the 21st century and embracing technology that can improve traffic. Over the last three years, we have finally focused on fighting traffic in Toronto and improving commute times. I am determined to build on the progress we’ve made and continue the fight each and every day,” Tory was reported by media to say.
Contrary to the standard traffic signals that are fixed to a set timing cycle for morning and afternoon rush hours and off-peak times, these new signals are capable of adjusting to real-time traffic conditions at any time of the day as well as communicate and synchronize with other smart signals in the neighbourhood to ease congestion.
City of Toronto had been a leader in North America in the 1960s and had deployed a computerized traffic signal control system and has now decided to modernize and expand the City's traffic signal network and replace the old communications infrastructure with new technologies.
The City, over the next year. plans to test two technologies at 10 locations on Yonge Street between Yonge Boulevard and Castlefield Avenue to determine which of these two works best for Toronto and would pilot a technology called InSync, which is used in the United States.
Based on video-analysis camera detection, this technology makes decisions to measure queue lengths on the approach to the intersection and relays that data to the signal.
The City will pilot a technology called SCATS which is used in Australia, Asia and the United States at 12 locations on Sheppard Avenue East between Neilson Road and Meadowvale Road, This technology makes decisions using radar detection to measure traffic flow up and downstream of the intersection.
Bluetooth detectors and new count stations would reportedly be used to measure the performance and effectiveness of both the technologies by testing and comparing before-and-after traffic volumes and travel times.
a traffic data sharing company, HERE would provide commercial GPS data that provides traffic flow and travel time information and will reportedly transportation staff as well.
The identification and selection of the the most effective technology would be based on best output of cost-effective technological solution of the study.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)