Of course, being stuck in traffic is never fun. Not here in the Netherlands, but certainly not in much warmer Chile. Fortunately, they have a unique way of monitoring traffic there. This allows them to adjust traffic earlier and better to reduce traffic jams. 

Santiago, the capital of Chile, can get quite busy during rush hour. Taking a detour and entering the city via another exit can save a lot of time. After all, there are several roads that lead to Santiago!

To measure whether there are traffic jams, yes, iBeacons are used! Currently, approximately 60% of cars worldwide have a Bluetooth system. By 2017, it is expected that more than 70% of all cars will be able to transmit a Bluetooth signal and thus be identified.

By working with two iBeacons it is already possible to measure the average speed of all passing cars equipped with Bluetooth. In Santiago they now work with 17 beacons and it is possible to notice delays before traffic jams even occur. This allows other drivers to be advised at an early stage via an app to drive a different route to prevent worse!

This form of traffic analysis is likely just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the capabilities of iBeacon technology in the areas of traffic or crowd control. When you work with more beacons, it is possible to see even more precisely how vehicles or people move in a room or along a route. With machine learning, the principle that a computer analyzes the effects of its reactions and learns from them, you could predict even more quickly in the future how these should be anticipated.

From Us and iBeacons

At Van Ons we are also constantly working on new technologies and so are the iBeacon technology. This year, in collaboration with Sound and Vision, we made an iBeacon case for the queue at the Top 2000 café. Read more about this case here.

Interested in an iBeacon application? Then contact us!