In addition to urban planners, the police force and fire brigade can also benefit from the data. Thanks to updates every ten seconds, traffic is depicted in almost real time. “This is a huge help in specific traffic situations, such as large-scale events or public emergencies,” says Zarbock. This allows first responders to react more quickly to incidents as they happen, such as an unusual cluster of vehicles, sudden gatherings of people, and last but not least, traffic accidents.
The developers are already thinking another step ahead: “We want to equip more streets with technology as a test environment for optimum use of cameras,” says Zarbock. This will make data available for a city-wide traffic model. Examples of what will be measured include routes that cyclists and electric cars prefer to take, to expand cycle paths and the charging infrastructure in a way that meets demand.