Smart City update from Stockholm: Intelligent traffic systems for a smart and sustainable future

The city of Stockholm is at the forefront of developing intelligent traffic management to reduce congestion, increase accessibility, and reduce emissions. This investment in smart city technology is essential in creating a more sustainable and liveable city for all. Stockholm is partnering with tech companies to develop cutting-edge traffic systems that could radically reduce traffic jams, traffic noise and emissions of harmful particles.


Multisensors to better understand traffic flows

One part of the intelligent traffic management initiative is to scale up the use of multisensors in the urban environment. Multisensors collect real-time data on traffic flow, which helps the city to better understand how traffic moves and to regulate traffic more efficiently. A recent project in Kista has been using artificial intelligence, edge computing, Lidar, radar, and other advanced sensor technology to capture and optimize relevant and accurate data. This data is then used to better understand traffic flows and find the optimal set of technologies for controlling traffic.

Lucas Uhlen, project manager at Kista Science City:
-We wanted to offer an arena where actors can collaborate and quickly and easily gain access to the urban space to test, develop and visualize solutions with innovative technology for a sustainable society.

David Eskilsson, CEO of Edeva, one of the sensor providers in the trials:
-The challenge is for the technology to work on a large scale in a complex environment and to provide great benefit to the city. Factors such as GDPR, physical access to power and internet connection, and lighting on the site must be weighed in. That's why this project is so valuable.

Another important trial has taken place on Hornsgatan in the city center. Here the focus lies in the relationship between traffic flow and environmental impact, and on the possibility of combining data from different types of sensors to measure both. The project on Hornsgatan has developed a new process for future pilot projects, as well as a significantly increased understanding of traffic composition and compliance with environmental regulations.


Collaboration for a smarter and more sustainable city

Maria Holm, responsible for the IoT Stockholm project, Stockholm City:
- Many of us are keen for Stockholm to be an attractive city to live and work in. The projects have been an important part of our work to get a better understanding of traffic flows, so that we can ensure that they function optimally in the future. I am very pleased with the commitment and willingness to innovate that the stakeholders involved are showing. The business community's innovative power has a key role to play as we create a sustainable future together.

Stockholm City is open to collaboration with tech companies and other partners to create a smart city that is beneficial for everyone. By working together, we can build a more sustainable, livable, and equitable city for the future.