Skopje’s modern traffic management system makes travelling in the city more convenient and improves road safety.
The system controls traffic signals at 90 intersections around the city. It uses 900 inductive loop vehicle detectors, a 50km fibre optic cable network, CCTV traffic monitoring with 50 cameras, and five overhead variable message signs to control traffic in the city.
It also monitors the environmental impact of traffic using three sensors that measure air quality at different intersections.
To make travelling by public transport more quick and convenient, the system gives priority to public transport vehicles at all 90 intersections using Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) technology. This measure should help boost the uptake of public transport, with preliminary studies indicating that adaptive traffic control can reduce travel time by up to 20%.
According to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which helped fund the system, traffic congestion is a major problem in Skopje. The system also helps improve road safety, which had been a challenge due to the large number of pedestrians.
The system is now fully functional and is the first example of an IT-based advanced traffic management system in FYR Macedonia. As a result, Skopje’s roads are now more modern, safer and less congested.
This case study originally appeared in ‘European smart cities using ICT’, a collection of case studies from Green Digital Charter signatories available here.
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