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IBM Smarter Cities initiative: Using big data for better traffic flow

City living is making a come back, and with it has come increasing congestion, longer commutes, and bad air quality. IBM’s Smarter Cities Initiative aims to take the ever growing amount of real-time data—from traditional loop sensors and GPS on buses and trains to weather data, traffic cameras, and even feedback from smart phones—and combine it with computing analytics to predict what the near future of traffic will look like in different parts of the network and make proactive interventions to alleviate the problems.
Naveen Lamba, associate partner and Smart Transportation Leader in IBM’s Global Business Services points out that solving transportation issues involves more than just adjusting traffic signal timing.

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