Squeezing through the traffic jam Frankfurt

The City of Frankfurt on the Main Road Traffic Department relies on technical innovations regarding daily traffic management. The aim is to contribute to optimal traffic control within a highly dynamic agglomeration. Qualitative and current traffic information is to be available to all road users at all times. MDM processes the required data by complying with clearly defined legal concepts to create security and predictability for all stakeholders.

Project: Real-time traffic situations, travel time information and automated traffic information

As the Road Traffic Authority, the City of Frankfurt Road Traffic Department is, inter alia, responsible for the control of moving city traffic. The operational responsibility lies with the Integrated Traffic Centre (Integrierte Gesamtverkehrszentrale (IGLZ)) of the Road Traffic Department. It optimises traffic control to increase road safety, quality of life and transport, as well as fulfilling citizens’ mobility needs.

IGLZ uses FloatingCarData (FCD) supplied by TomTom. The data provides more accurate information on actual traffic situations than common modelling techniques. TomTom data is provided via the MDM and available 24/7 on all devices. Whether computer, smartphone, or tablet, all traffic information is accessible. So road users can timely identify and avoid congestions, adjust their departure time accordingly or use alternative means of transport.

The map shows the latest traffic situation for the city’s main road network. Different road sections are colour-coded by status:

Green = clear
Yellow = heavy traffic
Orange = risk of congestion
Red = congestion

Screenshot  Mainziel traffic situation in Frankfurt MainQuelle:https://www.mainziel.de

The Road Traffic Department moreover provides up-to-date travel time services for selected strategic inner city routes via information panels. The service is automatically generated by the IGLZ strategy management tool.

The City of Frankfurt on the Main is improving traffic control not only by using data from MDM (as data recipient), but also by providing their information on road works, traffic obstructions and car park occupancy to public and private traffic information services providers via MDM (as data provider).
TomTom is a good example to illustrate the advantages: By entering up-to-date information on roadworks into the system, TomTom makes the representation of the traffic situation more accurate and up-to-date, while providing the data via the City of Frankfurt MDM.

MDM contribution: Secure and effective data transfer

By using MDM, there is no need for bilateral agreements regarding data provision, as standardised data formats and pathways are used. For the exchange of traffic data with MDM, DATEX II is used as the de facto standard data model. SOAP and OTS2 are in use as transmission protocols. Apart from various media (internet, information boards, broadcasting), MDM is the central location to provide traffic news (roadworks, parking data, traffic reports, detector data) in a standardised format to data recipients.

Benefit: Fast, reliable information for road users

This service is beneficial to smartphone app developers and navigation services providers alike. And therefore, to eventually all road users who can receive the latest traffic information via appropriate apps, navigation systems and municipal websites at all times. Road users have access to the latest and high quality traffic information via the website, www.mainziel.de, as well as via traffic information services providers.