The term Smart City is commonly used today to describe functional cities that effectively handle the sometimes overwhelming demands of urban areas. One critical infrastructure point that is a part of each city’s physical infrastructure is traffic.
As cities are constantly developing and becoming more populated, these urban settlements need to employ advanced technology that can scale and keep up with these ever-changing aspects.
There are many companies today that work on the development of such technologies and Vladimir Cizelj’s VLATACOM Institute is on the leading edge of ICT solutions.
Their technology seems to not only optimize the traffic management and control processes but also directly improve public safety.
Smart City and Traffic Management
The Smart City concept started developing in the 1980s and it has been driven by overall technological progress. Traffic management represents one of the first areas where this approach found its application, and for good reason.
The increasing capacities of traffic control technologies coupled with their affordability and ROI were recognized by many city governments and decision-makers.
Together with Vladimir Cizelj and his team at the Institute as solution providers, they have decided to start implementing these advanced technologies to reach the objectives of sustainable Smart Cities.
The growing city populations and consequent rising vehicle numbers are putting enormous pressure on urban environments.
Traffic congestion, terrible traffic flow at peak times, lack of parking, and accidents and other traffic violations are some of the major problems that need to be addressed.
The introduction of smart self-driven cars is another thing that will have a considerable impact on the traffic system of any urban settlement, but we’ll leave that story for another time.
More importantly, any kind of public safety management and control requires adequate interaction with citizens. That puts additional pressure on the institutions in charge of public and traffic safety such as the police and traffic control forces.
Keeping participants in traffic and all city dwellers safe is one of the pillars of sustainable, modern cities apart from enabling their efficient movement without affecting traffic efficiency.
Traffic Control Solutions
Although we’ve only touched on the challenges that metropolitan areas are facing, it is quite clear that traffic control is a complex task that requires scalable solutions.
This is where experts gathered under the leadership of innovators like Vladimir Cizelj step in to develop technologies that can have real-world applications in real-time.
Telecommunication mediums such as fixed broadband and mobiles and plug-and-play smart devices are ideal for application in traffic control, including CCTV and smart video analytics.
Together, they are essential parts of any efficient traffic control which also includes intelligent and high-performance devices and systems such as VLATACOM’s Automated Number Plate Recognition and advanced monitoring and surveillance systems.
How do these technologies help?
For instance, sophisticated monitoring and surveillance that integrate high definition sensors, optics, and image processing devices are able to provide detection, recognition, and identification of vehicles.
In addition, number plate recognition advanced systems with cameras with a 360-degree view are solutions for efficient license plates reading that enable mobile automated number plate recognition of parked cars and cars in traffic.
Both systems significantly contribute to public and traffic safety as they help to detect stolen vehicles or license plates for example, or identify vehicles whose owners have unpaid fines or are owned by wanted persons.
Furthermore, they improve the productivity of all law enforcement units and officers on patrol which altogether has far-reaching and positive effects on traffic management and operational costs.
Vladimir Cizelj and the idea behind VLATACOM Institute
Vladimir Cizelj founded VLATACOM back in 1997 with a strong focus on telecommunications engineering systems.
Since their initial projects on private radio systems installations in Serbia, the Institute headed by Vladimir Cizelj has created advanced solutions in the areas of information and communication technologies (ICT), biometrics, security, and telecommunications.
In 2011, VLATACOM gained certification as an R&D center, leading to it becoming the first private ICT R&D Institute in Serbia.
The expert and state-of-the-art solutions developed by the Institute have profiled this company as a professional partner for Government security in Serbia and countries across the world.
Traffic control and management solutions created by Vladimir Cizelj and his team greatly support the Smart City concept.
They are state-of-the-art technologies that contribute to solving the increasing traffic demands in urban settlements and we can only hope that more city governments will follow suit of the leading cosmopolitan areas and make cities better places for their citizen