To speed up travel times and maximize road safety for residents, commuters and local businesses, the municipality of Tres Cantos in Spain has deployed an innovative smart city solution from safety and AI leader Hikvision.
The challenge: optimizing traffic flow, road safety and security
Wikipedia describes smart cities as “urban areas who use data information to efficiently manage assets, resources and services”. Other key benefits of smart cities include better traffic management and planning, real-time responses to road traffic incidents, increased engagement between citizens and local government organizations and increased security for local people and businesses.
To achieve all this and more, Tres Cantos, a municipality in Madrid, Spain founded in 1991, decided to adopt a smart city strategy. The neighborhood, which boasts tree-lined streets, parks and natural areas, is home to more than 50,000 residents and 3,000 businesses, which attract 36,000 commuters from other parts of Madrid every day.
With the constant movement of people and vehicles entering and exiting Tres Cantos, the municipality specifically needed smart city solutions which could monitor traffic conditions in real time – enabling “re-routing” and rapid incident responses to minimize congestion. It also needed new security monitoring technology to keep local residents and businesses safe 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Hikvision solution: smart city infrastructure for a real-time view of vehicles and traffic
Tres Cantos deployed a smart city solution from a leading security and artificial intelligence company, Hikvision. This incorporates a total of 23 cameras located at the entrances to the town – including Pan Tilt and Zoom (PTZ), PanoVu Cameras, and license plate recognition (RPL) cameras that provide situational awareness of real-time traffic conditions.
To help the municipality create a visual traffic command and control system, real-time traffic and vehicle information, such as the traffic flow and car accidents, can be aggregated and displayed dynamically on a wall of screens (videowall) at the Tres Cantos police headquarters. Local elected officials can consult traffic information in real time via Hikvision’s HikCentral Video Management Solution and use the information gathered to react effectively to changing traffic conditions, in real time.
Hikvision’s open, scalable, cloud-based solution is compatible with a range of equipment and can support up to 5,000 connected devices, ensuring Tres Cantos can easily expand the solution to meet future needs.
The solution also offers wired and wireless connectivity options to support municipality-wide situational awareness, with simple management tools that minimize training needs and costs.
Benefits: Improved road safety and security, with faster journey times
With its innovative smart city solution, Tres Cantos has optimized traffic management, accelerated incident responses and improved safety for citizens, commuters and local businesses. Jesus Moreno, Mayor of Tres Cantos, says: “We improve road safety and mobility for the inhabitants of Tres Cantos and the approximately 35,000 Madrid commuters who visit our municipality for work every day.”
Maximize road safety and security for the citizens of Tres Cantos
The local Tres Cantos Police Department can respond to security incidents faster with the Hikvision solution.
Pedro Álvarez, the chief steward of the Tres Cantos Police Department, said: “Real-time video camera network feeds allow us to respond to security incidents much faster and more efficiently, while saving resources compared to routine physical patrols.”
Improve traffic management and reduce congestion
Thanks to the Hikvision smart city solution, local council members in Tres Cantos get vital information about traffic flow in the municipality, supporting better and faster traffic planning and management decisions and helping to reduce congestion on major roads.
María Del Mar Sánchez Chico De Guzmán, Advisor for Mobility, Human Resources and Security, says: “This system allows us to assess the flow of cars entering and leaving the area. This means that we can make decisions that help smooth traffic and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Tres Cantos..”
The system has been particularly useful in responding to planned and unplanned road and lane closures. In such cases, traffic can be rerouted quickly and efficiently to minimize delays and other negative impacts for residents and commuters.
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