Smart Transport Research Centre

An Australian collaborative initiative is reducing urban roadway congestion by predicting traffic conditions and providing real-time access to travel information and options via sophisticated analytics

Published on 15-Dec-2011

Validated on 04 Jun 2013

"We know technology needs to play a central role in traffic management strategies, and we anticipate that our research in the region’s transport networks will bring us one step closer to solving Australia’s transport dilemma." - Professor Edward Chung, Director, Smart Transport Research Centre

Customer:
Smart Transport Research Centre

Industry:
Government

Deployment country:
Australia

Solution:
Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smarter Cities, Smarter Government, Smarter Transportation

Overview

The Smart Transport Research Centre (STRC) is a new research consortium headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, with a mission to improve urban transportation systems through technological innovation. The center is using simulation, modeling and visualization techniques to tackle the problems of managing highways and arterial roads. The research aims to create a holistic view of the Brisbane, Australia transport network and ultimately provide accurate real-time and predictive traveler information as well as an optimized model for managed roadways through network optimization and efficiency.

Business need:
Recent IBM research revealed that the country’s commuters and transport users were increasingly frustrated by their daily commute, with many reporting that traffic had negatively impacted their health and productivity. One of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan regions was facing extraordinary traffic problems; transportation congestion in this region alone cost about $1.2 billion in lost productivity in 2008. Existing transport infrastructure constraints exacerbated the ability to address this region’s congestion issues and keep pace with commuter needs.

Solution:
The initiative is implementing a solution that provides the South-East Queensland (Brisbane) area with powerful, analytics-based simulation, modeling and visualization techniques to develop innovative ways to better manage roadways and to ensure more reliable travel. The solution is the world’s first to integrate data across a city’s transport network boundaries. It presents a holistic, real-time picture of the city’s transport network and provides a platform to develop and test new strategies in a stable and real-time environment.

Benefits:
• Projected to provide a benefit cost ratio of 7:1 to 25:1—based on similar studies in the US—due to combining multiple strategies into an integrated motorway management package • Improved motorway safety and reduced accidents will result from higher-performing variable speed limits, roadway queue management and ramp metering algorithms • Real-time and predictive multimodal traffic information will assist commuters in trip planning while reducing emissions

Case Study

The Smart Transport Research Centre (STRC) is a new research consortium headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, with a mission to improve urban transportation systems through technological innovation. The center is using simulation, modeling and visualization techniques to tackle the problems of managing highways and arterial roads. The research aims to create a holistic view of the Brisbane, Australia transport network and ultimately provide accurate real-time and predictive traveler information as well as an optimized model for managed roadways through network optimization and efficiency.

The Opportunity
Recent IBM research revealed that the country’s commuters and transport users were increasingly frustrated by their daily commute, with many reporting that traffic had negatively impacted their health and productivity. One of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan regions was facing extraordinary traffic problems; transportation congestion in this region alone cost about $1.2 billion in lost productivity in 2008. Existing transport infrastructure constraints exacerbated the ability to address this region’s congestion issues and keep pace with commuter needs.

What Makes It Smarter
The initiative is implementing a solution that provides the South-East Queensland (Brisbane) area with powerful, analytics-based simulation, modeling and visualization techniques to develop innovative ways to better manage roadways and to ensure more reliable travel. The solution is the world’s first to integrate data across a city’s transport network boundaries. It presents a holistic, real-time picture of the city’s transport network and provides a platform to develop and test new strategies in a stable and real-time environment. The solution also provides real-time, short-term predictive information enabling drivers to plan the fastest route to their destinations, as well as enabling operators to reduce roadway congestion by developing enhanced traffic management strategies to minimize traffic jams.

Real Business Results

• Projected to provide a benefit cost ratio of 7:1 to 25:1—based on similar studies in the US—due to combining multiple strategies into an integrated motorway management package

• Improved motorway safety and reduced accidents will result from higher-performing variable speed limits, roadway queue management and ramp metering algorithms

• Real-time and predictive multimodal traffic information will assist commuters in trip planning while reducing emissions

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To learn more about Smart Transport Research Centre visit:
www.strc.qut.edu.au

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
InfoSphere Information Server, InfoSphere DataStage, WebSphere ILOG JRules, WebSphere Application Server, DB2 Enterprise Server Edition

Service:
GBS CRM: Service Transformation

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