OTN Forays Into Pilsen With Brand New App
On Friday 16 September 2016 Jiri Bouchal (IS-Practice), Jan Martolos (EDIP) and Karel Jedlička (UWB) paid a visit to Pilsen municipality (CZ) where they showed advanced visualisation of Pilsen traffic volumes to the city’s IT department.
The visualisation was prepared in light of planned construction works that are expected to affect traffic on two main roads linking suburbs with the city centre. It allows users to see how the traffic flow will respond to changes in transport infrastructure, namely (a) the narrowing of Karlovarska street to one lane, (b) the closure of Mikulasska street and the simultaneous occurrence of (a) and (b).
The city’s IT department was very impressed with what OTN partners had shown them, so much so that they even shared the visualisation on Facebook a few days later. In the coming weeks the visualisation will also be promoted through the city’s website and will even be presented at the press conference dedicated to Pilsen’s smart city strategy.
OTN team demoing the app to Pilsen City's IT department
Although the tool was developed for Pilsen, anyone with an interest in traffic management and/or transport data can access it. Below is some extra information that can help you to better understand the app.
- Normal traffic situation in Pilsen is displayed when the app is open
- The resizable red frame shows changes in traffic volumes that can occur when (a) Karlovarska street is narrowed to one lane, (b) Mikulasska street is closed and both (a) and (b) occur at the same time. These three layers can be found in the 'S dopravním omezením (other)' box. Once the red frame is populated with layers a, b and/or c, it can be dragged over the 'normal traffic' layer which is essentially the rest of the map screen. By moving the red frame around the screen you can easily compare how the traffic situation in Pilsen responds to new changes associated with road closures.
- Figures displayed over the streets show the amount of cars per hour that cross this specific street segment
- Each layer contains extra information such as the slider showing traffic change over time
- The colour of lines is self-explanatory: the darker the red, the heavier the traffic. Dark red actually means road capacity has been exceeded.