The Value of Video Detection and Fully Adaptive Traffic Management

Over the past two decades, video vehicle detection has grown from an unproven and emerging technology, into today what is a field proven and globally accepted detection standard. With more than 250,000 video-based sensors deployed by not less than five video detection providers, the ability for traffic engineers to virtually clone themselves, so as to “see” and document (with data) in real-time, motorist and pedestrian behavior from each intersection approach, has never been greater. Over the past two decades, the global deployment of fully adaptive traffic control systems has grown significantly in Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania, with limited deployments in North America; however that trend is rapidly changing. Fully adaptive traffic control strategies are detection intensive, based upon either heavy detection at intersection approach, stop bar, or upon exiting the intersection. Each adaptive methodology requires either the installation of many inductive loops, at the expense of multiple lane closures and ongoing maintenance costs, or the deployment of aboveground detection systems that are field proven with adaptive traffic management systems. Video detection systems have successfully operated with the most advanced fully adaptive traffic management systems since 1991 on large scale deployments. The available choices for adaptive traffic management systems have increased substantially in the past four years, signaling a growing popularity with this management strategy. Video detection, implemented now, is a prudent and forward-looking decision that will greatly lower the cost of a later upgrade to an adaptive control strategy.

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    • Abstract used with permission of ITS Japan. Paper No. 1048.
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    ITS Japan

    Tokyo,   Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Sowell, William H
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  • Publication Date: 2013


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  • Features: CD-ROM; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: 20th ITS World Congress, Tokyo 2013. Proceedings

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  • ISBN: 9784990493981
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  • Created Date: Aug 26 2014 2:08PM