Traffic Management as a Service – TMaaS is a new concept which applies the latest ideas and technology to traffic management infrastructure, with a wide range of different application modules managed by experts
TMaaS is based on flexible deployment options tailored to individual customer requirements. Using browserbased user interfaces with easy workflows, the solution is ideally suited to the modern work environment where access is often needed to traffic management away from the traditional control room. In the future the range of traffic modes will get more diverse: bicycles, pedestrians, Public Transport, and highly automated vehicles are going to play a major role and will need tailored information and traffic management approaches. “By 2020 nearly 20 billion IoT enabled devices will generate m a s s i v e amounts of data which can be used to predict and react on traffic and mobility events”, estimates Manuel Milli, Solution Manager-Urban Traffic Management and Smart Mobility with Swarco’s Innovation Office. Traditional traffic detection and sensing technologies can be complemented by data from vehicles and mobile devices. Highly automated and connected vehicles set new quality standards on infrastructure and its maintenance, paving the way for new traffic control schemes.
Traffic management systems are essential tools, supporting city and road managers to efficiently operate their networks and manage ever changing traffic situations. The conventional approach required software and hardware installed at the customer premises and implies high levels of IT engagement and competence at the client side. All this translates into considerable procurements costs and initial investments. Moreover, most agencies use only a subset of the available features, which means high training costs with limited return and the need for additional support contracts. Increasingly, only large agencies with large numbers of qualified staff can afford and fully benefit from the advantages of modern traffic management systems.
“TMaaS is offered as a cloudbased infrastructure to provide a completely scalable solution, including full redundancy and standby options for complete peace of mind and continuous operation”, explains Manuel Milli. “Furthermore, web technologies allow system monitoring to be easily implemented and shared with all stakeholders for maximum engagement. TMaaS is not only a valid and cost-efficient alternative to conventional traffic management systems but provides a number of additional key benefits.”
Tailored to Real Needs
Every city has its own individual requirements, and these need different tools to be efficiently managed. Through TMaaS, customers will have access to a number of different features and software modules and will be able to choose only those which are relevant for their specific requirements and for the time needed. The growth of the system in terms of installed equipment or features will not be a problem, TMaaS cloud infrastructure provides a completely scalable solution.
Reduced Time to Benefit
The TMaaS approach reduces the overall costs and almost eliminates IT needs on the customer side while increasing security. The system will always be up-to-date, and upgrades are managed on a service basis. The system is able to support different providers and follows an open approach to external suppliers. It very much increases portability and offers a perfect solution for employees who are increasingly on the move: with anytime, anywhere availability.
TMaaS fully supports equipment monitoring and system maintenance providing all the data to move from a reactive to a more proactive approach optimizing physical presence on site and spare part management.