Intertraffic was the venue for the announcement of one of the biggest deals of the year as electronics giant Siemens acquired Barcelona-based mobility modeling specialist Aimsun for an undisclosed sum.

Initially spun out from a university research lab team, TSS-Transport Simulation Systems, as the company was originally known, has spent 20 years developing its microsimulator into a multi-level integrated modeling platform.

Aimsun systems and algorithms use real-time traffic data to optimise traffic flows and identify future problems before they become apparent – and it was this ability that attracted Siemens. The German conglomerate is working on an urban mobility operating system, which requires the ability to predict traffic problems. “We should not wait for problems to occur before taking action to mitigate the effect – otherwise this is too late,” said Marcus Schlitt, CEO of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems.

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