Traffic Lights Are Very Important in Smart Cities
A smart city is basically an integrated urban region which utilizes various kinds of sensors and electronics to gather data in an efficient and effective way. Such insights gained out of that information are used to optimize the working of human resources, assets and services effectively; and at the same time, that information is also used to enhance the overall operations over the whole city. Traffic lights can be one such example of using such intelligent technologies and devices to smarten up a city. Their implementation will certainly bring forth a new breed of traffic lights with highly advanced capabilities and performance.
Smart cities with Traffic lights have certain unique features and they will surely make life much easier for motorists, pedestrians and drivers. First of all, they will not stop when red lights flash. Second, they will proceed in the right manner even if another vehicle tries to cross their path. They will also take the right decision, even if other drivers do not have the right of way. As these highly intelligent systems run on data collected through sensors, they do not require manual execution by traffic signal controllers as they rely completely on collected information for taking quick decisions. And in addition to that, they can also adjust their speed, turning radius and braking distance as per user-defined parameters.
These highly intelligent traffic lights are made possible with data analytics, an advanced technological platform that integrates different sensing devices with wireless network, centralized control system and software applications. The Smart City initiative also aims at improving air quality, energy consumption and energy efficiency across the cities. Thus we can say that traffic lights are part of intelligent city solutions and are very important in improving air quality and energy consumption, which ultimately help in reducing global warming.