Cities on the periphery: promoting urban mobility through technology

Edge and 5G-based networks are being used to lay the foundation for the generation of digital cities of tomorrow.

People continue to flock to cities, and the continued rapid growth of urban areas around the world is straining transportation networks and public safety. However, emerging technologies – edge and 5G – promise to ease the pressure.

More people around the world are living in urban areas – which include city centers and their suburbs – than ever before, and these numbers are growing. By 2030, more than a quarter of the world’s population will live in urban areas with more than one million inhabitants, according to the UN predicted.

This means increased traffic congestion, increased roadside deaths and injuries, and more pollution. Urban traffic management systems – many of which were first designed and built decades ago – do not meet these modern challenges and cannot cope with rapidly growing traffic problems. The administrators and operators of the city’s control centers are simply no longer able to cope with the large number of events that require responses. These challenges – and active solutions – are explored in a new white paper published by Dell.

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Edge and 5G networks are being used to lay the foundations for tomorrow’s generation of digital cities (also known as smart cities), which will be better placed to manage and ensure a better quality of life within these growing megacities. Technologies such as edge computing, 5G, data management, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and agile application architectures are converging, creating opportunities for city planners and administrators to develop new powerful capabilities to deliver services more efficiently and effectively.

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A digital urban approach to mobility will help ensure the availability of continuous 24/7 streaming video and data in high traffic areas, as well as the performance of light rail, buses and other transit systems. Administrators need to be able to assess problems or delays and take corrective action.

For road safety and law enforcement, “law enforcement should monitor and detect violations at intersections and on highways with a system that automatically captures an image of the vehicle that breaks the rules,” the report says. Dell. “Video and images captured are stored as evidence for future reference. Combined with the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) feature, this can be used to automatically identify violators and generate penalties in accordance with local regulations, thereby reducing such violations and improving traffic flow. Violations that can be detected include red light violation detection, speed violation detection, wrong-way violations and road traffic monitoring.

Additionally, real-time monitoring can help traffic managers detect vehicle queues at intersections and identify additional details to categorize traffic. “This information can be integrated into adaptive traffic light systems. This will enable intelligent traffic light control by the adaptive traffic light systems based on the queue of vehicles at the intersection. Additional information may also be collected to obtain more information, such as vehicle number and type identification – two-wheelers, four-wheelers (cars, trucks, vans) and trailers. The monitoring system can also track unauthorized stops, as well as vehicles of interest.

The following will pave the way for providing such capabilities:

A robust IT infrastructure: The IT infrastructure of a digital city is extremely busy, operating 24 hours a day, with a wide range of video and data streams from many locations and vehicles. “Cities today need to store and process vast amounts of data from cameras and other sensors deployed throughout the city,” the Dell report states. “It requires enterprise-grade infrastructure management to meet compute, storage, and networking needs.”

A highly integrated architecture: Video management and video analytics systems should combine distributed security or enterprise surveillance systems “into a single federated architecture that can support hierarchical information flow and scalability,” the report advises. Dell. “This is a critical capability for cities implementing urban mobility solutions to bring information from different regions together in a common control center. This helps city administrators manage and optimize the mobility situation by enforcing uniform response processes and orchestrating multiple agencies for optimal response. Federation capability, combined with a GIS intelligence feature, helps administrators achieve high situational awareness. »

A consolidated transport operations center: Cities need a centralized monitoring capability that pulls all this information together where administrators can make decisions, according to the report. “It involves combining information from many siled systems operating in multiple geographies. To solve this shortcoming of combining several isolated monitoring and analysis systems into one common application. »

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