As one of the biggest megatrends of the 21st century, urbanization affects both recent and established industrial countries. In the European Union, already more than 70 percent of the population live in an urban area. In Germany, the uninterrupted urban growth is likely to pose huge challenges for many municipalities in the future, in areas like traffic, energy, environment and health. For this reason, innovative solutions in terms of city planning and city development are required. Additionally, increasingly demanding citizens expect a high quality of life and improved citizen services. To address those challenges, traditional routes must be tested, old infrastructures modernized and administrative processes organized more efficiently.
With Urban[traffic!] Pulse, [ui!] has developed an application that processes traffic-relevant data. The solution analyses the sensor data transmitted by traffic guidance systems at intersecting roads and makes them available almost in real time. Since spring 2013, the solution has been in the test phase in Darmstadt and has been continuously providing measurement data to research institutes of Darmstadt Technical University (e.g. traffic planning and traffic technology). City employees also have the opportunity to import information on the extension of road intersections into the system. This information is also used to perform a geo-referencing of the sensors.