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Dutch City Region Of Eindhoven Works With IBM And NXP To Improve Traffic Flow And Road Safety

Using the power of IBM analytics, raw data from the vehicles highlighted 48,000 incidents over a period of six months, from 1.8 billion sensor signals. Incidents included heavy rain, black spots, switching on of hazard lights or fog. The disparate data from thousands of sensors was managed and analyzed through the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise service, making it possible to dynamically manage the needed computer capacity, which can vary dramatically depending on whether it is a peak traffic period or an unexpected event occurs.

This information enables road officials to act in near real-time on dangerous road conditions, accidents or growing traffic density. It also informs drivers in the vicinity of an incident through smartphone or built-in navigation device.

For example, a new speed is recommended to a driver based on current weather and road conditions via a mobile app through an in-vehicle navigation system or mobile device, or the location of the closest road assistance vehicle is identified. These aspects were successfully tested in the trial. In the future, a traffic command center could provide more personalized detours, routes and traffic information to a driver to better avoid congestion.

This pilot is one of several initiatives SRE has begun to improve mobility in the region. In an earlier six-month road pricing trial conducted by the city, IBM and NXP, advanced road pricing technology was successfully used to incentivize drivers to change their driving behavior, reduce road congestion and contribute to a greener environment. Seventy percent of drivers changed their behavior to avoid rush-hour travel when presented with the right incentives, demonstrating that road pricing systems can have a positive effect on driving habits and help alleviate traffic.

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For more information on IBM Smarter Transportation, visit http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/transportation and follow @ IBMTransport.

For more information on Connected Mobility, visit www.nxp.com/connected-mobility.

A video of the solution is shown here: http://youtu.be/6TqkoJQHAvw

About NXP Semiconductors NXP Semiconductors N.V. provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted unaudited revenue of $4.36 billion in 2012. Additional information can be found by visiting www.nxp.com.

About IBM MobileFirst As the first new technology platform for business to emerge since the World Wide Web, mobile computing represents one of the greatest opportunities for organizations to expand their business. Based on nearly 1,000 customer engagements, 10 mobile-related acquisitions in the last four years, a team of thousands of mobile experts and 270 patents in wireless innovations, IBM MobileFirst offers an array of solutions that helps businesses connect, secure, manage and develop mobile networks, infrastructures and applications.

To learn more, visit the IBM MobileFirst press kit or http://www.ibm.com/mobilefirst. Follow @ibmmobile, #ibmmobile on Twitter, and see IBM MobileFirst on YouTube, Tumblr and Instagram.

Contact: Sara Delekta Galligan IBM Media Relations 917.868.4502 sdelekta@us.ibm.com

Jelmer Letterie IBM Media Relations  31-20-513-3241 jelmer.letterie@nl.ibm.com

SOURCE IBM

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