Kapsch TrafficCom – Málaga First European City Tests “Real Time” Traffic Management

  • City of Málaga and Kapsch sign agreement

The cooperative agreement with Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch) will make Málaga the first city in Europe to test the latest dynamic signaling system and real-time traffic optimizer for the improvement of urban mobility. With a duration of two years and the possibility of two annual extensions, the pioneering projects will complement tests carried out in other European cities.

Málaga's Councilor for Mobility, José Del Río, said:

It is very satisfying for Málaga to be the first city in Europe to realize a project of this magnitude. The technology will optimize the city's traffic for the benefit of our citizens’ quality of life, resulting in less time in the car throughout their journey. This project also reinforces Málaga's position as an urban laboratory for testing technological initiatives.

The main objective of the demand management project is to provide vehicle users with alternative routes, thereby reducing traffic saturation during peak periods or in the case of unforeseen events. Through a dynamic signaling system with variable message signs (VMS) and a new “virtual VMS” mobile application (developed by Kapsch), the most appropriate route advice will be displayed and indicated via audio in real-time to the driver of the vehicle when he arrives near a decision point. The system uses the information from the traffic light system for calculation and decision making to dynamically select the most recommended route in every situation. The development of the capacity management allows for the use of a real-time traffic optimizer, which dynamically modifies the duration of green areas on the route depending on the traffic conditions detected by the installed sensor system.

City Director Spain & Portugal Kapsch TrafficCom, Juan Marín, said:

Public-private partnerships allow faster progress in the evaluation of innovative solutions for new mobility. The agreement we have signed enables the city of Málaga to be a showcase project for the use of demand and capacity management systems, which we will develop, implement and evaluate as part of a ground-breaking proof of concept in Europe.

Kapsch TrafficCom is a globally renowned provider of transportation solutions for sustainable mobility. Innovative solutions in the application fields of tolling, tolling services, traffic management and demand management contribute to a healthy world without congestion.

Málaga real time traffic management
The main objective of the demand management project is to provide vehicle users with alternative routes.

Kapsch has brought projects to fruition in more than 50 countries around the globe. With one-stop solutions, the company covers the entire value chain of customers, from components to design and implementation to the operation of systems.

As part of the Kapsch Group and headquartered in Vienna, Kapsch TrafficCom has subsidiaries and branches in more than 30 countries. It has been listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange since 2007 (ticker symbol: KTCG). In its 2019/20 financial year, around 5,100 employees generated revenues of EUR 731.2 million.

This article was originally published by Kapsch TrafficCom.


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