Provide commuters with predictive traffic measures to improve trip planning and reduce congestion during peak hours.

Santa-Clara County experience with intelligent traffic signals, real-time traffic data, intersection surveillance systems, and cloud technology with edge computing.

Santa Clara County; California; United States

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  • Use real-time data sent to TMCs to adjust traffic-based signal timing. Minor changes to signal timing based on real-time traffic volume data can improve throughput.
  • Install special sensors to detect the presence of bicycles and pedestrians. Sensors can trigger changes to signal timing to increase crossing time only when needed.
  • Use predictive traffic measures to reduce congestion. With predictive traffic measures, commuters can change travel plans as needed to reduce congestion during peak periods.

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Santa Clara County Redefines 'Street Smart'

Author: Descant,  Skip

Published By: Government Technology

Source Date: 05/17/2019

URL: https://www.govtech.com/fs/infrastructure/Santa-Clara-County-Redefines-Street-Smart.html

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traffic signals, adaptive signals, CCTV, closed circuit television cameras, road monitoring, sensors, vehicle detector, traffic detection, traffic monitoring, congestion monitoring

Lesson ID: 2019-00890