17 million kilometers – that’s the distance Salzburg’s drivers travel collectively every working day. Little wonder, then, that traffic frequently becomes congested: motorists spend an average of 30 hours a year stuck in traffic jams. That makes the state capital the second worst city for traffic jams in Austria. It comes right after the traffic jam champion Vienna, where it is 40 hours per motorist. The figures come from the “Global Traffic Scorecard,” a study carried out by the US traffic data specialists INRIX.
Reason enough to try to tackle the problem. The independent research institute, Salzburg Research, was asked by the state of Salzburg to look for a solution, and was funded by the country’s Climate and Energy Fund. The task was to present the current traffic situation down to the minute and also to use that to better plan and manage traffic. It developed a platform that calculates the current traffic situation and visualizes it on a road map. Every road user can access the map online, for example via the StauFux app.
However, the data provides much more: Unlike Google Maps, which simply shows the users the traffic situation, the researchers provide the state’s data officials with the data. They can then use that information to better plan construction measures – such as, at which intersection a roundabout makes traffic flow better than a traffic light system. The platform’s technical basis: the Open Telekom Cloud.