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Tokyo Traffic Control Centre



In the Tokyo Traffic Control Centre, Tokyo’s traffic landscape is broadcast on a towering bank of integrated monitors, and is staffed by several officials working 24-hour shifts.

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From left to right, the Expressway Display Board, Central Display Board, and Information Display Board paint a picture of the immediate traffic situation by compiling information from cameras, helicopters, police, citizen reports, and over 17,000 vehicle detectors all around the city.

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The Central Display Board highlights 1,000 intersections, and has 15,154 traffic signals in the system. When traffic jams are detected or reported, the affected area turns from green to red. It also displays traffic accidents and closed streets.

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Information is passed on to Tokyoites live through radio reports and 300 traffic information boards on the roadways. To directly influence traffic, it’s possible to manually adjust the signal intervals for 7,000 of the traffic lights, and communicate directly with traffic officers in the field.

See more insight on the CScout Japan site

Via Gizmodo

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