Monitoring Traffic Conditions With Lamppoles

Researchers in the U.K. are proposing a plan to utilize streetlamp infrastructure to install traffic monitoring devices in an effort to collect more information and aid transportation planners.
July 28, 2009, 10am PDT | Nate Berg
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The sensors could collect the ambient transportation information throughout cities and transmit it wirelessly for analysis, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge.

"Currently, the lamp-post includes infra-red sensors that provide a method of counting vehicles for traffic monitoring that is superior to inductive loops in the road or locating sensors at the roadside. A widely deployed network of intelligent lamp-posts could deliver real-time, freely available data for traffic control and journey planning while also providing long-term data to help urban planners make informed future policy decisions."

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Published on Monday, July 27, 2009 in EE Times
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