Traffic Management as a Service (TMaaS.eu), an urban mobility project driven by the Mobiliteitsbedrijf of the City of Ghent, has been selected by EU initiative Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) to receive financing. The Traffic Management as a Service-platform is a new and revolutionary traffic centre-concept for small and medium-sized cities. The European Commission will financially support the development of the Traffic Management as a Service-project by way of the UIA for a three-year period.
Setting up a traffic centre is an important part of the City of Ghent’s latest mobility plan (Strategic Mobility Vision 2015). The Ghent Mobiliteitsbedrijf developed ‘Traffic Management as a Service’, which is radically different from previous traffic centres: the Traffic Management as a Service-concept is based on a fully digital and virtual platform that processes traffic data and provides real-time information to the residents of Ghent. To achieve this up-to-date flow of information the data are dealt with and distributed to the users automatically, so operators are no longer required to continuously monitor screens.
The project aims to develop the Traffic Management as a Service-concept for the City of Ghent, and to operationalise a virtual and digital traffic centre. Current urban mobility centres are notoriously expensive, and focus on installing costly hardware in order to monitor traffic. Moreover, those systems are unable to provide personalised information to the city’s residents. The Traffic Management as a Service-system on the other hand uses data that are readily available from various partners and companies, and works multimodal. In other words: it takes all manner of transportation modes into account. To achieve this, the system automatically checks all data coming in on journeys by bike, bus, tram, train, or on foot. Based on those data the platform will send all information necessary to each commuter by way of social media, while considering each individual’s personal preferences. Citizens are also able to provide Traffic Management as a Service-platform with feed