Traffic congestion costs cities millions a year in lost productivity, as well as frustrating road users and negatively impacting air quality. To tackle these issues, and to keep traffic flowing, forward-looking cities around the world are deploying innovative smart video solutions, says Juan Sádaba, ITS Business Development Manager at Hikvision Spain.
In 2021, London's road users lost an average of 148 hours in traffic jams, closely followed by Parisians with 140 hours lost. With Brussels, Moscow, and New York following closely in the congestion rankings , the challenge of lost productivity due to traffic congestion is clear.
Equally importantly, congestion and stop-start traffic also significantly increase vehicle emissions in cities, negatively impacting air quality targets and broader climate goals.
To overcome these pressing challenges, city authorities around the world are looking to encourage the adoption of faster, greener transport modes – including electric vehicles (EVs) and public transport. However, these kinds of initiatives take time, and traffic management needs to be improved immediately to deliver congestion and emissions quick wins.
Cutting traffic congestion with smart video
When it comes to addressing congestion challenges in cities, smart video is a major asset. This is because it provides real-time traffic awareness and supports faster, more effective responses to the build-up of vehicles at junctions and on busy routes.
Specifically, smart video can help city authorities to address their congestion challenges in several key ways.