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PTV Group is spearheading the project COMO dedicated to advancing interconnected and intelligent traffic management within the City of Essen (Source: Peter Prengel, City of Essen).

Project COMO: City of Essen and PTV Group drive digitalization of urban mobility

  • Set up of a digital traffic monitoring and AI-based data platform 
  • PTV Flows and PTV Optima as the foundational software for real-time traffic management.
  • Implementation of two pilots aimed at testing sensor technology and data transmission capabilities

Karlsruhe 9 April 2024. PTV Group is supporting the City of Essen in the digitalization of its transport system. As part of the international umbrella brand Umovity, the software company is spearheading the project Connected Mobility Essen (COMO) dedicated to advancing interconnected and intelligent traffic management within the German city. 

Intelligent transport systems (ITS) are pivotal elements of smart city initiatives, playing a critical role in enhancing transport efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability. Through the deployment of state-of-the-art sensor technology to monitor traffic and environmental conditions, coupled with the establishment of a robust AI-based data and analysis platform, the city of Essen is laying the groundwork for a connected and forward-thinking mobility ecosystem.

Within the COMO project, a digital traffic control center is under development to aggregate all relevant traffic data. This encompasses various metrics such as vehicle counts throughout the day, speed patterns, weather conditions, city events, and public transport data from the Ruhrbahn. This comprehensive repository of historical and real-time data forms the foundation for proactive, environmentally conscious traffic management. Leveraging real-time traffic management solutions like PTV Flows and PTV Optima, which integrate machine learning and dynamic traffic models, enables the provision of live updates on current traffic conditions and forecasts traffic developments up to 60 minutes ahead. This empowers traffic managers to respond effectively to both anticipated and unexpected events.

To evaluate the functionality of the new connected system in practical scenarios, two real-world laboratories are currently being established along the Ruhrallee and the main northern access roads to the city center. Approximately 50 intersections are being outfitted with traffic detectors, while 15 environmental sensors are being deployed to monitor air quality.

"We are honored to contribute to this groundbreaking project in Essen. Collaborating with our project partners, we are developing a cutting-edge, connected traffic system aimed at reducing congestion, enhancing air quality, and fostering future-oriented urban mobility. With this initiative, Essen is poised to emerge as a trailblazer in smart mobility within Germany," remarks Christian U. Haas, CEO of the PTV Group.

Simone Raskob, Essen's Head of Department for the Environment, Transport, and Sport, views the project as a significant opportunity for advancing mobility in the city’s future. "With this initiative, Essen is marking a pivotal step towards sustainable and digital mobility, aligning with goals of climate and health protection. The objective is to enhance traffic safety and optimize traffic flow, thereby contributing to a reduction in air pollutant emissions in the short to medium term, while steering mobility towards a sustainable trajectory."

Project COMO receives funding from the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport as part of the "Digitalisation of municipal transport systems" funding guideline. Key project partners include Benz + Walter, Bosch, ITK Engineering, Yunex Traffic, and pwp Systems.

PTV will showcase the COMO project at Intertraffic 2024 in Amsterdam from April 16th to 19th (booth #216, hall 2). A presentation as part of the PTV In-booth Sessions on Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at the PTV booth will provide additional in-depth insights.

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Stefanie Schmidt
PTV. Empowering Mobility as part of Umovity.

PTV Group is a leading global software company for traffic planning, simulation, and real-time management. With more than 40 years of experience in the field of mobility, the Germany-based company provides software products based on proprietary algorithms ranging from microscopic and macroscopic modeling and simulation of traffic to real-time traffic management, benefiting more than 2,500 cities and municipalities. Bridgepoint acquired a majority stake in the company in January 2022 in order to further accelerate its growth together with shareholder Porsche Automobil Holding SE. Since 2023 PTV Group and Econolite are united under the brand Umovity.


Umovity (PTV Group  & Econolite). Mobility for Humanity.

Umovity is a global market leader for end-to-end traffic management and transportation technology that takes a holistic approach to provide safer, smarter, and more sustainable Mobility for Humanity. Uniting the best-in-class solutions for intelligent traffic management systems, cloud-based adaptive traffic control, real-time traffic management software, controllers, cabinets, and sensor products by Econolite, and simulation and predictive modeling software by PTV, Umovity enables innovators and decision-makers in politics, municipalities, and industry to shape smart and livable communities, multimodal mobility, as well as Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV). For more information, visit

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Die PTV Group leitet das Projekt COMO, mit dem Ziel das vernetzte und intelligente Verkehrsmanagement in Essen voranzutreiben. (Quelle: Peter Prengel, Stadt Essen)