It is hoped that the adoption of a new 'smart' traffic system will ease the ongoing issue with severe traffic disruption in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. It is hoped that the new system will be implemented by April.
The complex 'smart' traffic system consists of hundreds of cameras, a 'smart' red light control system and smartphone applications. It has been specifically designed in order to combat the ensuing traffic crisis in Casablanca. Government sources confirmed that the development of a central command station has begun and will be operational in the coming months.
The 'smart' system will be able to manage traffic flow in a comprehensive way using apps that will notify drivers of the streets where traffic congestion is occurring, prompting them to use alternative routes, thereby limiting a further build-up of traffic.
Mohamed Bourrahim, Deputy Mayor of Mobility and Transport disclosed that the first phase of the innovative project was completed in December - which seen sensors being placed at major roundabouts.
The Deputy Mayor said, "The first phase of the project already ended in December. In this phase, sensors were placed at major roundabouts. The second phase, which is currently underway, consists of installing hundreds of cameras at these same roundabouts."
The construction of the central command station is taking place at the HQ of the police prefecture and will manage the new 'smart traffic system. The station will have two main missions; a security component that is police-managed, and a traffic management component run jointly by the police and the Casablanca Urban Community.
The central command station is expected to be a state-of-the-art traffic management system geared towards informing road users, boasting the installation of dynamic panels, which indicate the locations of car parks and information on the number of places available.
The system will have a transmission network of over 220 km of fiber optics, more than 750 cameras placed on 200 crossroads and will also integrate more than 600 existing cameras.