As China’s population urbanises, an enormous strain is being placed on transport systems, resulting in gridlocked roads and enormous traffic jams.
Like many Chinese cities, Zhenjiang is experiencing rapid economic growth, and a surge in population.
With a population of 3 million, Zhenjiang is a renowned historical and cultural city in Jiangsu province, Eastern China, and boasts over 2500 years of history.
Zhenjiang is also an important regional transportation hub, and is home to one of the busiest ports in China. Strategically situated, Zhenjiang is located at the crossroads of the Yangtze River – the third largest river in the world, and the Grand Canal -the longest man-made canal in the world.
Plagued by traffic problems, in 2012, the city of Zhenjiang in Eastern China, decided to tackle the problem of gridlocked roads, in an effort to bolster economic development, increase tourism and improve overall public welfare.
Zhenjiang partnered with IBM through its Smart Cities program, to undertake a major program to overhaul its transport network. As part of the project, over 400 bus stations were upgraded across the city, and the entire fleet of over 1000 buses were fitted with a GPS.
Zhenjiang has implemented the Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) for Smarter Cities – which serves as the central point of command for the city, which provides a consolidated view of the transportation network and bus scheduling system. The system uses predictive analytics to anticipate situations that could impact traffic flow or cause service disruptions in Zhenjiang’s transport system and reroute buses to meet demand and avoid bottlenecks.