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Traffic and Urban Infrastructure

Harnessing ICT to help
solve infrastructure challenges
in countries and regions all over the globe

All regions in the world are facing problems of traffic congestion, deteriorating social infrastructure and critical facilities, and a host of other infrastructure challenges.
NEC is using AI, IoT and other ICT to address these problems and deliver convenient and efficient, as well as safe and secure, traffic and urban infrastructure.

Emerging and developed nations‐we are all committed to solving each and every infrastructure challenge.

The challenges in traffic and urban infrastructure facing our world differ significantly from country to country and region to region. Traffic congestion is becoming a serious issue in emerging countries due to traffic infrastructure not keeping pace with exploding population growth in urban areas. Traffic congestion not only invites considerable economic damage in the form of gridlocked distribution systems and increased energy consumption, but is also a source of environmentally damaging air pollution. On the other hand, developed countries are searching for ways to prevent incidents of failure and accidents at critical infrastructure and facilities and ensure their safe operation as social infrastructure such as roads, bridges and tunnels, as well as power plants, factories and other critical facilities built many years ago continue to age. Information and communications technologies (ICT) are making a great contribution to efforts to solve these traffic and urban infrastructure challenges affecting both emerging and developed countries.

Transforming traffic systems and infrastructure operations using AI and IoT technologies

NEC is leveraging its advanced ICT to solve the diverse challenges facing each country and region. In Singapore, NEC is using artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) to make Singapore’s bus operations safer, more secure, and more efficient. The system provided by NEC optimizes bus management by tracking the locations of all buses on the road, and uses AI to analyze driver behaviors such as rapid acceleration or deceleration to provide visual cues for safer driving. In Bangladesh, NEC has introduced a transit smart card system that covers multiple transportation operators and improves the efficiency of transport system management as well as bringing greater convenience to passengers.
In Thailand, NEC is conducting a proof of concept (PoC) for a traffic signal control system based on traffic demand that is calculated by collecting and analyzing traffic volumes at major intersections. NEC is also conducting a PoC in France for a system to monitor vehicle occupancy in real-time with the aim of popularizing car-pooling. Through these and other efforts, NEC is leveraging its advanced image recognition and AI technologies to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce CO₂ emissions.
NEC is also delivering cutting-edge solutions to support the safe and smooth operation of airports. These include outstandingly reliable air traffic control systems for airports struggling to keep pace with exploding demand for air transportation and overcrowded airways, and immigration systems that use NEC’s world-leading biometrics technologies. In the area of social infrastructure and critical facility monitoring, NEC is using sensor technologies to monitor operating conditions in a range of different facilities. Collected data is analyzed using NEC’s original AI technologies to identify potential problems from “not normal” behavior in real time, making it possible to carry out quick repairs and implement preventative maintenance. NEC maintains its commitment to utilizing the company’s outstanding AI and IoT assets to create the core values of Safety, Security and Efficiency for traffic and urban infrastructure in every country and region in the world.