Web-Based Intelligent Traffic Management System In Nigeria
With the increase in urbanization, many cities around the world are experiencing a very rapid growth in the number of vehicles which lead to serious traffic congestion problems. This places a greater demand on operating roadway systems with maximum efficiency. One major factor that affects the traffic flow is the management of the traffic at road intersections. Hence a good traffic management system is needed to maximize the efficiency of the traffic flow. In traditional TMS, each intersection is controlled by its own controller which sends signals to the intersection’s traffic lights for changing their states. Manuscript received June 26, 2009. This work was supported by the Deanship of scientific Research. Author is with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Bahrain. Each intersection controller works independently of other intersections’ controller with no way of being remotely controlled or monitored. Today, with the wide availability of high bandwidth internet connectivity and the miniaturizing of web servers, the process of remotely monitoring and controlling various systems became more achievable. Embedded Web Server (EWS) has emerged to simplify the design process of systems that needs to be connected to the internet for the purpose of monitor and control. Most EWS are microcontrollers that support the sophisticated and well established TCP/IP communication standard. Hence, EWS based devices (internet appliances) can be plugged into any Ethernet network, allowing users to monitor and control their embedded applications using any standard browser. This has caused a strong trend towards embedding internet capability in many different areas such as industrial control, power-supply monitoring and control, environmental monitoring , telecommunications, robotics , healthcare, home security,and many consumer electronic devices.