Peak hours may vary from city to city, but the reactions they cause are always the same: Drivers are on edge. Who wouldn’t be? The solution: Traffic management software PTV Optima helps reduce congestion before the roads are jammed up.

Who wouldn’t get upset when a regular commute to work that should take about 30 minutes turns into a 1.5-hour constant stop-and-go. Sports events or concerts and tradeshows also often cause major traffic jams. But just because people drive to work every day, visit an event or have a business meeting at a tradeshow, does not mean, they have to deal with clogged streets every time. Improving road use efficiency and the right strategy at hand when there is the slightest sign of traffic building up are the solution. In short: Traffic management software that helps avoid congestion before it arises.

Make the right decision – at all times

With PTV Optima traffic management centres are never unprepared. Operators simulate and evaluate different strategies on the go in a virtual environment before they take action and, for example, adapt the intervals of traffic lights at a specific junction in the system. To ensure that they always opt for a measure that has a beneficial outcome for the entire network, traffic operators need a reliable solution. PTV Optima is exactly that because it covers the probable outcomes of the different scenarios. This way actions that could potentially worsen the situation are easily avoided. On the other hand, the best means to, let’s say, clear an over-capacitated road, can be identified and activated just as quickly.

Testing different scenarios only takes a few moments and the results provide the basis for a reliable decision – no matter how stressful things get in the traffic management centre. Operators are well prepared and have different options ready to be activated. The software offers the right support because it calculates the effects of planned events and is also the right solution to deal with unexpected incidents. Here, too, it can predict their impact on the entire network and quickly identify the best strategy to keep the traffic flowing.

Have all KPIs ready – at one glance

As every city has different traffic management objectives, the KPIs, based on which PTV Optima evaluates and compares the scenario simulations, can be adjusted accordingly. Success factors could, for example, be the minimising of travel time or travel distance to avoid long detours. This helps cut emissions and constitutes a particularly important factor for cities with environmental zones. With PTV Optima, traffic operators never lose sight of their city’s transport KPIs. What is more: they always choose the most effective strategy, no matter what the nature of the incident is – planned and recurring or unforeseen. This is why PTV Optima helps eliminate traffic jams before they arise.

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Interested in discussing all things urban mobility and how we can make life in cities more sustainable and joyful for everyone, Verena believes that mobility is access to opportunity. She writes about #SharedMobility, #Cities4People and #UrbanDesign.

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