The Austrian city of Graz has kicked off a trial period using a smart traffic monitoring platform (TMP) by LMT to gain real-time data on traffic at a central intersection with heavy traffic. The data is intended to be used to analyze traffic with the intention of improving conditions for cyclists, to further encourage green transit methods.

In accordance with the European Green Deal’s goal of becoming the first climate-neutral continent, Graz is implementing policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city. A critical step in policy development is operating with accurate data. Current sensor-based solutions to gain data on traffic participants are not able to reliably distinguish between cars, taxis, mopeds, cyclists, and scooters in specific settings, (eg. narrow streets). To ensure accuracy, video observation is necessary.

LMT offers a fully GDPR-compliant video system, equipped with edge computing and AI algorithms that make it possible to distinguish between different traffic participants and provide accurate data. The system is easily and quickly installed and can be mounted onto any existing traffic infrastructure. Because data is transmitted through the mobile network, no additional construction work is necessary to ensure connectivity.

LMT's solution of traffic detection really caught our interest. Using existing technologies for innovative solutions keeps running costs down, while creating valuable data and insights in the city's mobility. Graz is always looking for innovative, affordable, and scalable solutions in traffic management while keeping all data safe. LMT and their team provide us with new insights in traffic combined with excellent project support.

Bernd Cagran-Hohl, Road Management Office, City of Graz

The Graz trial will cover one intersection. It will also collect data on traffic infringements, such as running a red light. If successful, the system could be applied to other intersections throughout the city.

The use of the TMP supports the European Union’s Vision Zero – no fatalities and severe injuries on European roads by 2050. Not only does the platform provide data to municipalities that inform the implementation of traffic management solutions, but it can also alleviate pressure on law enforcement’s resources, identify larger amounts of traffic violations, and thus further discourage reckless driving.

Having access to accurate data is key to driving any meaningful change. In municipalities, where infrastructure developments require significant budgets, the stakes are high to get it right the first time. With the help of the latest technology, it's possible to gain access to that data to further inform decisionmaking, while also supporting initiatives to improve a greener and safer environment for communities.

Gints Jakovels, Computer vision & solutions manager at LMT

In addition to providing data on traffic volume and traveler types, the platform is able to identify common traffic infringements, such as running red lights, incorrect use of bus lanes, illegal left turns, speeding, and more. The platform can be connected to traffic law enforcement for processing and ticketing.

The traffic monitoring platform is available for use in municipalities and communities worldwide. Installing the solution is construction-free, and it can be set up in less than a day on every traffic light pole with access to electricity and 4G or 5G network coverage.