Copenhagen at the ITS World Congress in Montreal

The City of Copenhagen at the Smart Cities Pavilion in Montréal

At the Smart Cities Pavilion in Montréal, the City of Copenhagen invites you in to discover a little slice of urban life in Copenhagen. The idea behind the booth is to create a corner of Copenhagen where their Smart City solutions are exhibited.

In collaboration with their partners of the booth, Dynniq, Technolution and INRIX, Copenhagen aims to visualize how ITS is employed in the city to create a greener, smarter and more liveable city. A responsible city. A city with an edge. A city with a high quality of life for its citizens. Copenhagen is known for being a liveable and healthy city, and the vision is to become carbon neutral by 2025. This is why they employ ITS to enable sustainable mobility.

The City of Copenhagen is among the five fastest growing big-city destinations in Europe with an extra 1,000 people every month. This urbanization means more people in the same space. They have to work harder to keep the city together, and getting around has to be easier.

Copenhagen is known to be one of the world’s best cities for bicyclists. More than 60 % of its citizens use their bicycles to work and education.

”In Copenhagen, we use ITS to  achieve our climate goals and create quality of life for the citizens. ITS is so important because it is helping us to improve traffic and safety, and to make cycling and public transport more attractive”, says Morten Kabell, Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs at the City of Copenhagen”.

The City of Copenhagen has invested 6 million euro in order to upgrade and renew connected traffic signals, and an additional 11 million euro for ITS. In our ITS program we currently work with five different ITS topics:

  • Mobility and green transport
  • Traffic safety
  • Dynamic urban space
  • Data and traffic management
  • Information and services

Firstly, a Sensor Network and a City Traffic Management System (CTMS) has been implemented. The sensor network monitors the status of the road network and the traffic conditions. The City of Copenhagen has politically decided service goals for journey times, number of stops and travel time reliability for cyclists, pedestrians, buses and cars.

The traffic conditions are monitored from a layer of floating car data, GPS based real-time traffic information from buses, and soon also data on cyclists’ mobility. This provides traffic operators with an overview of the performance of the road network and makes it possible not only to monitor but also act if the service goals have not been reached.

Intelligent Street Lighting has been installed in five intersections for testing in order to detect approaching cyclists and pedestrians. In the late hours and at night, the street light is reduced by 50 % in order to reduce power consumption, but when cyclists are approaching the illumination levels are brought back to 100 %.

Eco-Driving for trucks and motorized vehicles reduces the number of stops by giving the drivers dynamic speed guidance to get a constant green light using ITS-G5 technology. In this way we reduce noise pollution and CO2 emissions. The Eco-Driving solution is rolled out in more than 50 intersections on a 10 km. long corridor through the inner city of Copenhagen.  A cloud-based solution will be tested on part of the corridor.

Variable Message Signs for cyclists are one of our newest innovations implemented in the city. The sign can direct cycle traffic on alternative routes in heavy traffic hours comparing journey times for cyclists, cars and much more – all information comes from the CTSM system.

Another initiative is the dynamic and flexible use of urban space. It aims at a dynamic usage of parking space. When the parking slots are not used at certain times of the day, week or year, the spaces change into outdoor seating for cafés and restaurants or for bicycle parking.

Next year, in September 2018, the City of Copenhagen will take over from Montréal and host the 25th ITS World Congress. We expect to welcome 4,000 delegates, 400 exhibitors from over 100 countries and 10,000 visitors. In addition to a large indoor exhibition area, our streets and squares will be available for the display of innovative ITS demonstration projects.

We have chosen “ITS – Quality of Life” as the main theme. We look forward to showcasing our city as a Smart City and to discuss innovative ITS solutions of tomorrow with you. It is our ambition to underpin how ITS can contribute to liveability, sustainability and less congestion and thereby contribute to a higher quality of life for the citizens.