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Building an IoT application to monitor and display road traffic congestion in real time

Jackson, Robert (2016). Building an IoT application to monitor and display road traffic congestion in real time. Bachelor of Engineering (4th Year Project) Thesis, Charles Darwin University.

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Author Jackson, Robert
Title Building an IoT application to monitor and display road traffic congestion in real time
Institution Charles Darwin University
Publication Date 2016-10
Thesis Type Bachelor of Engineering (4th Year Project)
Supervisor White, Barbara Anne
Prathapan, Sabaratnam
0803 - Computer Software
080309 - Software Engineering
Abstract Road traffic congestion is an increasingly widespread issue. The earth’s population is growing, leading to heightened levels of traffic congestion resulting from additional road traffic. Traffic management concepts such as, speed limits and traffic lights, have been implemented in an attempt to manage increasing congestion. Recently, industry interest in the ‘internet of things’ (the integration of the internet with physical objects, through the use of sensors, software and networking components) has provided another possible management solution for road traffic congestion. This project seeks to provide a proof of concept prototype for an internet of things application that can monitor and display traffic congestion in real time. Current literature relating to road traffic congestion and the internet of things is analysed in order to clearly define: what has been done, what was successful, and issues in this context. Using the literature review a methodology and design approach was developed to achieve the proposed objective. Finally, an IoT application was designed and built based on the concepts and processes identified in the literature review. Thus, this paper will ultimately describe the process of building the physical device and creating the software for the application. The success of the proposed methodology for internet of things application development is reviewed and evaluated. The final discussion reviews the successes and failures of the developed prototype, proposing recommendations for future internet of things applications in the field of road traffic management.
Keyword road traffic congestion
internet of things

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