June 30, 2020 — The national supercomputer center IT4Innovations presents an updated application viaRODOS, which was developed within the RODOS project and which cooperates with the Floreon + system. The application uses data sources provided by the National Traffic Information Center (NDIC), which falls under the Directorate of Roads and Motorways of the Czech Republic. Users thus receive the most up-to-date data on traffic on roads and in selected cities in the Czech Republic.
Fourteen years ago, research teams at VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava developed the Floreon + application to evaluate information for decision-making in crisis management processes, especially floods. This year, researchers at the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center upgraded the viaRODOS application, developed within the RODOS Transport Systems Development Center, and connected it to the Floreon + system. An important part of the modernization is the connection to new data sources from the area monitoring telematics system (FCD) acquired by the Directorate of Roads and Motorways of the Czech Republic.
Users, especially drivers, are brought a new modernized application viaRODOS, which is accessible via the web interface at www.viarodos.cz , current data on traffic not only on highways and roads in the Czech Republic, but also deadlines and restrictions on traffic in selected cities, all in real time.
IT4Innovations is now becoming the new operator of viaRODOS.
“I am very pleased that the projects that were created at VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava many years ago find use even after such a long time. The modernized viaRODOS application will find wide application not only among Czech citizens, but also among experts in the field of crisis management, ” says Ivo Vondrák, Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region, who was also the rector of VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava at the birth of the Floreon + application.
ViaRODOS shows the current traffic situation on selected roads in the Czech Republic, with the help of simple line graphics, but also within the map visualization with data update in a minute interval. It is interesting to note that data from the viaRODOS application is also actively used by Czech Television in its news coverage.
“I believe that the cooperation between VŠB and ŘSD in the field of telematics and the processing of so-called big data from transport will continue to develop. The FCD project is proof that the results of science and research can be successfully translated into practice. We were all the more pleased with the fact that the information from the area monitoring telematics system has returned to academia and will certainly find other uses than just the basic display on the map. For the sake of completeness, let us add that information from an area telematics source, similar to traffic information, is available free of charge from NDIC to all customers in the form of open data, ” says Filip Týc, Head of the Road Databank and NDIC Department at the project.
“We took over the viaRODOS application in IT4Innovations under the management of this year in January this year and connected it with the new data sources of the National Traffic Information System. As part of the application update, there was also a connection with the Floreon + system, which allows us to improve the capabilities of the viaRODOS application in the area of telematics data visualization within the map base. The user can also look at the development of the traffic situation over time, ” adds Jan Martinovič from IT4Innovations, whose team from the Laboratory for demanding data analysis and simulation manages the application.
Briefly about the application viaRODOS
The main page shows an overview of the main roads in the Czech Republic, for which more detailed visualizations are created on separate pages. The application menu allows the user to move between other menus showing the current traffic situation of selected cities in the Czech Republic. At the top of the screen is a black bar with the name of the current page and the time remaining until the next automatic update.
The application provides two types of traffic information:
- Line graphics – the option by clicking on the menu “Main road routes” allows a preview of the overall traffic situation on selected routes and displays the current situation in the form of a general overview. The route captures either one specific road or a traffic lane between the start and end point, which consists of several road sections. The details of the route then display more detailed information such as the speed of the traffic flow, delays on individual sections, traffic restrictions, etc.
- Map information – after selecting the Czech Republic or clicking on the city name, the map using the Floreon + application will be displayed. The main roads in the Czech Republic embedded in the map provide a quick overview of the overall traffic situation with the possibility of displaying the history of the situation thanks to the timeline in the Floreon + application. The application also allows you to set the display of different layers with traffic information.
More information about the application can be found at http://viarodos.cz/Download/PruvodceAplikaci_viaRODOS.pdf
IT4Innovations is part of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava and together with another two infrastructures CESNET and CERIT-SC constitutes e-Infrastructure of the Czech Republic called e-INFRA CZ, which is listed on the National Roadmap for Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovations, prepared by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, as the only e-infrastructure in the country.