REMON - Background

Rapid urbanisation and the increasing size of metropolitan  regions proof to be serious challenges for urban transport and urban planning. Like many other cities in development countries, Hanoi suffers severe traffic congestion due to its rapid urbanisation and the booming motorisation since the early 1990s. The rapid urban growth of Hanoi and the increasing size of the metropolitan region cause a series of difficulties in urban development, urban planning and urban management: air  pollution, noise and environmental pollution, soild and liquid waste management, traffic jams, flooding.

The basic idea of the REMON project is to track and detect traffic flows in real time via two methods: Floating Car Data (FCD) and Floating Phone Data (FPD). This raw data will be turned into information for various applications: from informing road users of the current traffic situation on each street to controlling and managing traffic as well as long-term planning efforts and measures to solve traffic problems.

FCD and FPD base on GPS technology and are geo-information based technologies. Vehicles (cars, buses, taxis, motorcycles) will be equipped with onboard units to transmit GPS data to a data center in regular time intervals. Thus, the FCD and FPD system equals a dynamic sensor respectively a “distributed network of sensors“ (MESSELODI et al. 2009) for traffic flows, vehicular emissions and transport related issues like accessibility and travel patterns. The REMON project intends to develop the FCD and FPD system to be an effective tool to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of urban planning measures for reduction of transport related emissions and energy consumption. Thus, the FCD and FPD system not only becomes an information tool and dynamic sensor of traffic flows, but also a monitoring tool for urban and transport planning.