Graz in Austria trialling LMT's smart traffic sensors

The Austrian city of Graz has kicked off a trial period using a smart traffic monitoring platform (TMP) developed by Latvia's LMT to gain real-time data on traffic at a central intersection with heavy traffic.

The data is intended to be used to analyze traffic with the intention of improving conditions for cyclists, to encourage green transport.

According to a release from LMT, it is providing "a fully GDPR-compliant video system, equipped with edge computing and AI algorithms that make it possible to distinguish between different traffic participants and provide accurate data. The system is easily and quickly installed and can be mounted onto any existing traffic infrastructure. Because data is transmitted through the mobile network, no additional construction work is necessary to ensure connectivity."

Bernd Cagran-Hohl, of the Graz City Road Management Office, said: “LMT's solution of traffic detection really caught our interest. Using existing technologies for innovative solutions keeps running costs down, while creating valuable data and insights in the city's mobility. Graz is always looking for innovative, affordable, and scalable solutions in traffic management while keeping all data safe.”

The Graz trial will cover only one intersection. It will also collect data on traffic infringements, such as running a red light. If successful, the system could be applied to other intersections throughout the city.

In addition to providing data on traffic volume and traveler types, the platform is able to identify common traffic infringements, such as running red lights, incorrect use of bus lanes, illegal left turns, speeding, and more. The platform can be connected to traffic law enforcement for processing and ticketing.

LMT says its traffic monitoring platform is available for use in municipalities and communities worldwide. Installing the solution is construction-free, and it can be set up in less than a day on every traffic light pole with access to electricity and 4G or 5G network coverage, it is claimed.

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