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IBM And City Of Lyon, France To Create Transportation Management Center Of The Future

Using software from IBM, actionable historical and real-time traffic data from the City of Lyon is combined with advanced analytics and algorithms to help model predicted conditions under both normal and incident conditions, and the resulting impact across the entire network of roads, buses and trams. The system can also be used to estimate drive times and traffic patterns in a region more accurately and in real-time.

Over time, the algorithms will "learn" by incorporating best practices and outcomes from successful plans to fine-tune future recommendations. Additionally, the command center can develop traffic contingency plans for major events such as large sporting events or concerts.

"Today transportation departments often capture real-time traffic data, but there is no effective way to manage and find actionable insight to act upon instantaneously for the immediate benefit of the traveller," said Sylvie Spalmacin-Roma, vice president, Smarter Cities Europe, IBM. "With the City of Lyon, we will demonstrate how the transportation management center of the future will use analytics to improve the decision-making process, improve first responder time and get citizens moving more efficiently by better managing traffic."

The new predictive traffic management technology, named Decision Support System Optimizer (DSSO), combines incident detection, incident impact prediction and propagation, traffic prediction and control plan optimization.  It also uses the IBM Data Expansion Algorithm, which can estimate traffic data that it is not available from sensors using descriptive flow models in conjunction with the available real-time traffic data. The new technology is compatible with the IBM Intelligent Operation Center's Intelligent Transportation solution. IBM's software solutions for cities draw on experience gained from Smarter Cities projects with cities around the world.

IBM is building on experience gained from Smarter Cities engagements around the world. Working with IBM, city leaders can now monitor, measure and manage a wide range of city services such as water management and intelligent transportation among others. Using advanced technologies, like analytics software, IBM is helping cities of all sizes apply intelligence to their city operations to deliver better services to their citizens.

For more information on IBM Smarter Cities, visit

Sara Delekta Galligan  IBM Media Relations 415 565 6715


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