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Smart Traffic Management System for Emergency Services

##OVERVIEW This is a simulated demonstration of realtime traffic control to enable passage of an ambulance through an ad-hoc, on-demand traffic corridor.

##INTRODUCTION This demo assumes a pre defined route starting from Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco to San Francisco General Hospital, along with a bunch of traffic signals which man the road intersections enroute.

The client application consists of a mapbox based web interface for simulating ambulance movement through this pre-defined route. Whenever an ambulance starts its journey from Mount Zion hospital, it periodically sends its location data to a Traffic Management Server (TMS) hosted on IBM Bluemix. The TMS also keeps a tab of the traffic signals and tracks the movement of ambulance along the route. Whenever the ambulance is within a centain distance of an approaching signal, the TMS commands that traffic signal to turn Green to allow the passage of traffic. After the ambulance crosses the signal, TMS issues another command to indicate resumption of normal operation for that traffic signal.

The entire communication between the ambulance, the TMS and the individual traffic signals happens via PubNub.

##RUN THE DEMO The TMS is implemented as a python program

An existing instance of TMS is already hosted on IBM Bluemix and is currently running.

To run the client application , perform the following steps

  1. Open the Demo Link in a web browser.

  2. Wait for the map to load and show the route and the traffic signal lights along with the ambulance icon at the start point.

  3. Click on the ambulance icon to start its journey. You will notice that the ambulance icon will start moving along the route.

  4. Notice how the individual traffic signal changes its status when ambulance approaches and crosses it.

  5. The updates on traffic signal are also captured in a status message displayed at the bottom left corner of the screen.


For hosting your own demo, follow the steps as given below

  1. Download/fork the source code of this repository and update the PubNub keys at the application server side and client side

  2. Signup to create your trial IBM Bluemix account.

  3. Follow the Bluemix Documentation to create your bluemix container

  4. Install the PubNub service and attach it to your comtainer.

  5. Install and initialize the python application runtime

  6. Load the application server under your python application deployed on Bluemix and start the application from Bluemix console.

  7. Open a web browser and load the client side web page (index.html) and follow the steps as defined above in "RUN THE DEMO" section, from step 2 onwards.


  1. For the sake of brevity, the client web applciation only shows the traffic signal status at the approaching side of the route.
  2. The server is assumed to be always on and available. Server outage is not handled by the client.
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