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Trafficnow to deploy Bluetooth in Istanbul

Trafficnow, in collaboration with the Turkish ITS supplier, Isbak, has been awarded a contract to provide 250 of its DeepBlue sensors for installation along all of the major traffic corridors and access points into the city of Istanbul, along with the DeepBlue Core centralized control system. The Bluetooth-based traffic monitoring system has been undergoing trials for the last two and a half years in Istanbul, which is one of Europe’s most congested cities. The metropolitan area is split between Asia and Europe and, with over 13 million inhabitants, is the second largest in Europe. Istanbul has a total number of 2.6 million registered vehicles, and a road network of 25,000km (15,535 miles). There are 1.3 million daily trips between Europe and Asia, with an average travel time between the two continents by car of 72 minutes.

Trafficnow’s DeepBlue DC dual channel sensor uses two powerful antennas and has been specially designed for side-fire multi-lane operations. The auto-configured, easy-to-install unit detects Bluetooth signals from hands free sets, cell phones and navigation systems operating in vehicles, and is capable of monitoring fast moving traffic in up to 10 lanes. Data from the sensors will be transmitted to the DeepBlue Core central control system, which uses a series of unique algorithms to calculate journey times and origin/destination matrices in real-time both in urban and inter-urban environments.

In Istanbul, the travel time information will be published via the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s (IMM) various ITS applications, such as the Traffic Density Map on the city’s TCC internet site, the IMM Mobile Traffic cell phone application, roadside Variable Message Signs (VMS), and the Signalization and Call Center. The IMM has invested strongly in ITS over the last decade, in order to combat the city’s increasing traffic congestion. The IMM Mobile Traffic app has achieved 260,000 downloads and is used by 30,000 individuals on a daily basis. The TCC internet site receives one million daily hits. Robert Nordentoft, general manager at Trafficnow, said, “This award, along with the strategic partnership with a world leading integrator like Isbak, demonstrates the strong market confidence in our unique Bluetooth sensor design. The technology has now been installed in more than 20 countries worldwide.”

May 14, 2013

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