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Big Data | Performance Measurement | Traffic

Is Congestion Pricing Right for Atlanta?

May 6, 2019

From Los Angeles to New York, planners are talking about congestion pricing , and Atlanta is one of the metro areas involved in the discussion. Atlanta is the 3rd fastest-growing metro area in the U.S., and 11th most congested city in the country. “All options need to be on the table to address traffic. It’s a real quality of life issue that I’m committed to solving and will use all means to do that,” Councilman J.P. Matzigheit said on the news recently.

I have a lot of personal interest in this topic because I live and work in Midtown Atlanta. Since I also happen to work for a company that uses Big Data for transportation analytics, I decided to run my own sample study on Atlanta’s congestion. I found some insight on why congestion pricing may make sense for this busy city.

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Big Data | Performance Measurement | Smart Cities | Transportation

Big Data and Air Quality: Understanding Vehicle Emissions

August 24, 2017

This year, the Eastern Research Group (ERG), Coordinating Research Council (CRC), and StreetLight Data teamed up to validate one of the big as yet unmet promises for Big Data – the ability to better model and thus manage criteria pollutant air emissions from vehicles.

The results of our work show that using Big Data to model emissions at the county level is more accurate than industry-standard practices today. Of three different counties we analyzed, we found that:

  • Two counties would have overestimated their emissions if they used the industry-standard approach, and
  • One would have underestimated emissions by as much as 14% for a typical day and up to 110% in an individual hour.

Modeling emissions accurately matters: It allows air quality models to better predict concentrations of the regulated air pollutants ground-level ozone and particulate matter in different counties, which informs air quality planning and control strategies at the local level. In this blog post, we will walk you through the new methodology and some of our key findings.

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Big Data | Case Studies | Performance Measurement | Transportation

Measuring Big Data’s Impact: Siemens SCOOT Adaptive Signal Control Technology

April 6, 2017

Note: This is a guest blog post from Wendy Tao, the Head of Business Development and Strategy of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Group at Siemens Mobility. Wendy helps communities develop Smart Cities solutions related to advanced traffic management systems, adaptive signal control, connected vehicles and multi-modal applications.

From Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to Massive Mobile Data, innovative technologies are tackling decades old challenges and creating new opportunities in the transportation industry.  And it’s not just an idea. We’re seeing significant impacts derived from in-depth evaluations on project performance and cost-effectiveness. Siemens recently partnered with StreetLight Data to measure the impact of a Siemens’ SCOOT adaptive signal control implementation in Ann Arbor, MI. Our empirical before-and-after study showed that SCOOT can reduce travel times by 10 to 20 percent. The study used archival navigation-GPS data from connected cars.

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