HERE data to aid traffic management in North Carolina

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North Carolina has become the eighth state along the USA’s eastern seaboard to use HERE’s Real Time Traffic services, which combines location technology and big data analytics to create a powerful new traffic management tool for local agencies.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has selected HERE as its provider of probe-based Real Time Traffic services in order to enhance driver safety and improve traffic congestion and corridor management for big construction projects.

NCDOT selected the company through an agreement as part of the I-95 Corridor Coalition’s Vehicle Probe Project, which is a collaborative effort between the consortium that supports transportation agencies from Maine to Florida, the University of Maryland, and selected vendors, that provides a forum to purchase, validate and share data, both real-time and archived. Other east coast states using HERE traffic data include Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, which are all members of the I-95 Coalition.

HERE is providing government transportation agencies across the country with location technology that allows them to better manage their road networks and to take steps toward developing smart city platforms. The company’s Real Time Traffic services combine precision mapping, big data analytics and deep insights to transform incoming data, coming from an increasing number of sensors, devices and connected vehicles on the road, into insights that help to manage traffic and reduce congestion.

HERE is supplying NCDOT with real-time traffic data for the state’s roadways, which will enable the agency to communicate up-to-the-minute information about current conditions and travel times on dynamic message signs. NCDOT will also use the HERE visualization tools in its traffic operations centers; manage the impact of incidents and events on its roads; use HERE data to conduct before and after studies; and analyze system performance.

Backed by a consortium of leading automotive companies, HERE is also leading the next generation of high definition mapping, real-time data and analytics for connected and automated driving. The company is working with transportation agencies to deploy these connected vehicle technologies and close the loop between vehicles and infrastructure. This intelligent transportation system uses the HERE location cloud to rapidly receive, verify and distribute safety critical information, such as accidents or extreme weather, to a targeted set of drivers on the roadway.

“After a rigorous evaluation process, we are pleased to have selected HERE for traffic services,” said Kelly Wells, mobility programs coordinator with NCDOT. “Their data gives our operations staff a robust view of road network conditions, and allows us to use archived data to make better decisions.”

Monali Shah, director of global intelligent transportation solutions at HERE, commented, “We are proud to support North Carolina and other transportation agencies as they take steps to manage traffic and make driving safer. Cities are getting smarter about how they manage roads and reduce congestion, and our real-time data provides visibility for better decision making.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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