Intelligent street lighting provides traffic information

f.l.t.r. Peter Möhl, Director Traffic Software at PTV and Oliver Deuschle, Head of SMIGHT have teamed up to improve real-time traffic management.

The smart city of tomorrow is benefiting from the increasing intelligence of our infrastructure. The EnBW brand SMIGHT (Smart City Light)  and  PTV Group have teamed up in a joint development initiative to optimise urban traffic in real time. Our expert Peter Möhl was available to answer our questions.

Compass: What is SMIGHT?

Peter Möhl: SMIGHT is a term made up from the words smart city light. It is a brand of Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) for the development of the street lamp of the future. The SMIGHT innovation is already being used in Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Australia. SMIGHT has thus developed from intelligent street lighting to a unique system that combines many different functionalities.

Our SMIGHT Traffic cooperation unites the advantages of intelligent traffic recording with the leading software for real-time optimisation of traffic flows. Cities and municipalities can use the new solution to analyse traffic flows and plan ahead proactively, thereby strategically reducing the traffic load.

Compass: What does the cooperation involve?

Peter Möhl: The intelligent street lighting and multifunctional base towers can be equipped with features such as public WiFi, charging technology for electric cars, or sensors for recording traffic data and environmental information. This is where our software solutions come in: SMIGHT Traffic records the various road users and transmits the data to the smart city platform SMIGHT IQ. Historic data collected in the past, for example, can be processed in PTV Visum software to assist in strategic transport planning and modelling. Additionally, dynamic traffic information collected in real time via intelligent street lighting can be fed into the operative traffic management system  PTV Optima.

Compass: What are the benefits for urban and transport planners?

Peter Möhl: Smart sensors, secure data processing and real-time simulation enable cities and communities to analyse possible traffic situations in advance and to optimise traffic flow at an early stage. Thanks to the broader database provided by this solution, urban and transport planners cannot only evaluate road transport but also better actively manage it. What is clear is that the more data we can take into account in our planning tools, the easier it is to make sound decisions in the event of current disruptions or to provide forward-looking analysis for planned events, such as major events or construction sites.

What do urban or transport planners have to do, if they want to use this new technology in their city?

Peter Möhl: They simply have to get in touch with us. Our PTV experts and/or SMIGHT experts will be happy to advise them on how both systems can help to implement tomorrow’s mobility solutions today. It is of course also possible to contact me by email at peter.moehl@ptvgroup.com.

SMIGHT: From the traditional street lamp to the multifunctional base tower – including intelligent traffic data acquisition. Photo: EnBW