The 5G connected network of roads will provide quicker and more accurate data to traffic control centres than what the current system of data collection offers.
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Transport bosses are harnessing the power of 5G technology to cut traffic congestion on some of the West Midlands busiest roads.
A congestion busting network of 5G sensors will relay live traffic information to the regional control centre to enable swift action to be taken as queues build up – perhaps diverting buses, implementing diversions and issuing instant warnings to motorists.
The traffic data will also be used to spot traffic trends and help plan future transport development.
West Midlands 5G (WM5G) and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) have joined forces to work on the project to demonstrate how 5G technology can make a major impact on our road network.
The project centres around the Key Route Network, a set of A and B roads equivalent to seven per cent of the available network that carry over half of all traffic within the region.
TfWM says this has resulted in congestion hot-spots affecting drivers and bus passengers alike – something which the Road Sensor Networks project hopes to alleviate.
In its first phase, the project aims to capture a more granular picture of traffic flow through the deployment of various of 5G enabled sensors, radar and cameras across the key route network. The two organisations hope this insight will prove critical in reducing congestion and predicting and managing increasing levels of traffic particularly during major events or incidents.
“This sensor network is yet another example of how the West Midlands is at the forefront of 5G technology and the cutting edge of transport innovation. 5G is far more than just quicker streaming of movies, and this works shows the difference it will make to people’s everyday lives across the region,” said Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands.
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