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Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

MetroTech Offers Real-Time Traffic Intelligence

September 17th, 2015 by Susan Smith

MetroTech is a company that provides an Intelligent Transportation System with its “IntelliSection” data analytics tools to use on an existing city infrastructure, to turn it into a smart city.


According to Stefan Martinovic, in a conversation held at GEOINT,  IntelliSection ITS is a traffic analytics solution that delivers customized traffic management analytic for the government TMC environment. This is delivered via a dashboard and visual map. 19 specific applications are built on the core platform that includes History Archive, Live Streaming Camera Data, Real-Time Traffic Reporting, Asset Management and Video Analytics Appliance.

Municipalities and DOTs to use IntelliSection ITS to create a customized solution to meet the unique needs of the customer’s TMC operations. Some of the features include:

  • Traffic data that is archived for solution finding and analysis
  • Utilize real time traffic data to make operating decisions
  • Enabling capacity planning
  • Manages privacy and security implications
  • Simple server solution so there is no need to upgrade cameras

A network of sensors is created using the infrastructure of cameras that is already in place in most metropolitan areas. This is a low-cost network that provides a real-time view of roads, and eliminates disrupting traffic. It is easily maintained and allows remote deployment where necessary. It can also be rapidly scaled to a wider area.

By digitizing through the “video as sensor” technology, traffic analysis can be done less expensively and less intrusively than by adding embedded traffic sensors. Reliable traffic sensors have been traditionally difficult and expensive to install and maintain. Communities experience improved vehicular throughput on their existing roadways in less than 90 days using IntelliSections.

According to a case study, in 2012, Santa Clara County, California deployed MetroTech’s IntelliSections technology on 107 intersections including five of its busiest expressways. When they did a post deployment study on the 17 intersections that are part of the Lawrence Expressway, with 600,000 daily commuters, they had a 3% decrease in stops, equating to 18,000 fewer vehicle stops each day. All in all, Santa Clara County’s ROI for 107 intersections was $17,328,800, resulting in an 8.01x ROI.

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