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How Smart Pavements Contribute to Smart Cities Across the EU?
Technologies are giving smart cities some of the best road safety solutions that can counter growing traffic issues.
FREMONT, CA: The European region boasts of some of the most developed smart cities. The abundance of technological capabilities and solutions available in Europe has contributed to making its cities smarter. Aspects like housing, utilities, as well as mobility, are experiencing smart transformations. One category of innovation that can significantly add to the road and traffic safety is that of smart crosswalks and pavements. According to a report, around 25000 people in the EU lost their lives to road fatalities. This shows the importance of improving traffic infrastructure and making them smarter. A smart facility can determine safety criteria and warn road users to reduce the chances of accidents.
Road accidents impact the economy in addition to affecting the safety of citizens. Technology-backed solutions that reinstate safety are thus important in the development of smart cities. An
article published by The Mayor talks about the smart crosswalk solution developed by Bercman Technologies, an Estonian company. Called the Smart Pedestrian Crosswalk (SPC), the system can be used at any location, which requires enhanced pedestrian safety. Unmanned crosswalks which are prone to accidents are poised to benefit from the solution. Besides, the solution is also capable of accumulating critical data regarding road users. This data can come in handy in smart city projects.
Other such innovative traffic and pavement solutions that have the potential to make European smart cities safer for mobility are in the trial and testing phase. Across Europe, the endless possibilities of smart roadways are under consideration. Embedding smart sensors and chips into concrete and asphalt can produce roads with higher functionality. Apart from allowing smart traffic monitoring, the smart roadways might one day help expand connectivity across Europe.
Smart sensors are at the core of most of the traffic solutions. The sensors offer unmatched visibility and thus equip smart capabilities to take control. As smart, self-driving cars take to the roads in Europe, pavement technologies will ensure optimisation of safety in smart cities.
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