Revolution in traffic: the Turkish city of Izmir is connected to over 3000 smart devices

Currently the companies CROSS Zlín and AŽD Praha are finishing and handing over the complex ITS project in Turkish Izmir. This metropolitan with a population of almost 4 million is the third biggest city in Turkey and is also an important administrative centre of the Izmir province. Today’s Izmir is very modern also thanks to investments into complex packages of smart technologies mainly in the field of traffic, which makes their inhabitants and visitors lives easier.   

The city was altogether implemented with over 3000 smart devices and the whole system is driven and managed in 24H mode from the new modern control centre. On one of the biggest video walls made up of 24 laser panels with a size of  70” each, there is also a  camera systems running alongside the CROSS eDaptiva traffic control centre for 400 intersections and primarily Invipo the smart city platform, which allows communication and interaction with all smart devices in the city.


ITS project of Izmir also includes:


Fully adaptive traffic system, which significantly improved transit through the city.  Over 400 RS 4S traffic controllers which drive junctions in the city. This system is supplemented by 209 traffic counters and 110 CCTV cameras for traffic video monitoring. The whole system is set up for the preference of public city transport, rescue and ambulances. Into this system, there is at the moment connected 1500 buses, 164 fire trucks and 100 ambulances. 163 devices detecting transit through a red light, respectively overseeing the compliance of traffic laws.

Parking in the city is now more organised thanks to the installation of 2000 parking sensors for the monitoring of parking spaces, occupancy on streets in downtown and integration of 107 bollards for pedestrian zones and 17 parking garages into the Invipo system. Drivers are informed about parking capacity thanks to more than 50 new information boards. Furthermore, 116 unique facilities Pavis have been installed for automatic detection of illegal stopping and unauthorised standing.        

For higher security on the roads and in the city not only is there a camera system and red light transit detection installed but also devices for speed measurement or the measurement of maximal allowed height.

The sophisticated information system informs, thanks  to the 108 variable information boards, drivers and visitors about actual data about traffic, travel times, accidents and closures but also show the actual weather from the installed 30 meteorological stations and inform the citizens for example about the timetable and next departure of city ferries.

The whole system generates a big quantity of statistical data, which is used for the better functioning of the city and cost saving. The city Izmir is a good example, of how the Smart City on Big Data concept could function in practise.

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