Instrumented Interconnecteds Intelligent
November, 30th 2008


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By 2010, there will be 59 metropolitan areas with populations greater than 5 million – up 50% from 2001. Many of these new city dwellers will be driving cars, so if you think your day is plagued by gridlock now, buckle your seat belt. Quite simply, our cities transportation infrastructure and management approaches can’t handle the world’s traffic.

We need to stop focusing only on pieces of the problem: adding a new bridge, widening a road, putting up signs and establishing commuter lanes, or deploying traffic copters. Instead, we need to look at relationships across the entire system.

Our cities can infuse intelligence into their entire transportation system – streets, bridges, intersections, signs, signals and tolls, which can all be interconnected and made smarter. We can reduce congestion, cut pollution, shrink fuel use and decrease CO2 emissions.

Experts today look at causes such as human behavior and the effects that architecture, urban design and engineering have. Efforts such as electronic road pricing systems have been implemented in cities like London, Stockholm and Singapore, which reduces traffic and offers a wealth of digital information that can lead to important mathematical analysis of patterns toward further solutions.

In this episode of Building a Smarter Planet, we take a closer look at some of these issues and hear from three experts in the field: author Tom Vanderbilt, engineer Sam Schwartz, and IBM researcher Laura Wynter.

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Inspiring article in the NYT’s:

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Posted by: george faulkner
February 25, 2009
6:53 am

Unfortunately, during peak traffic hours, there is no road space available to go “around congestion” unless we accept the introduction of suitable demand management sustems!
About ants:
Well, first of all (even if they mostly move along 2-way lines) they have an open surface to move on … Then they “talk” friendly to each other as they come across and they also tend to avoid intersections in their moving. That’s what seems relevant in terms of ant traffic; perhaps more important, ants belong to the kind of animal species that aim at social co-operation rather that at social competition. On the contrary, even in the GIO discussions, some of the “experts” have claimed that any further step in “regulating” traffic may prevent suitable technology innovations: should that actually be the case, let’s wait for the smart cars to become fully autodriven and get rid of all street ligths so that the cars themselves can manage to get us where we will tell them to go.
In the meantime we can go back to just walking (like ants!).

Posted by: Maurizio Traversi
February 4, 2009
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Very interesting… why don’t ants have traffic jams?

Posted by: george faulkner
December 5, 2008
5:37 pm

Navigation around traffic is the best way to save time and CO2 emissions. Intellione uses annonymous data from the cellular network to create road speeds on virtually every highway and street in the coverage area on a real time basis. This allows for potential navigation around congestion. The same system can be used to measure traffic inexpensively which is the first step in reducing it.

Posted by: Jim Bacon
December 2, 2008
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Interesting quick post in regard to a need for more bicycle lanes in the States:

Posted by: george faulkner
December 1, 2008
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The focus for government, corporations, and others is to remove automobiles from cities. Finding ways to move automobiles easier, faster, simpler is a bandaid

Posted by: jim roberts
December 1, 2008
5:48 pm

I have an idea for people moving. i traveled a lot in US, diffrent cities. I am just giving one example for Las Vegas. Busy street where lots people are walking and car cann’t make a right turn, Can we install a purple lights that call people light, this light should be turned on same time from both sides , so all 4 side people moves and than cars can move when it when light turns green for cars.

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