Traffic Monitoring in the Philippines

MetroCount equipment has a strong presence in the Philippines with our Portable Traffic Counters widely used by municipalities for routine traffic surveys. Philippine road authorities are confronted with ongoing issues of congestion and poor road condition.

Traffic Conditions in the Philippines

In Manila, the abrupt increase in car ownership and a failing public transport system, regularly transform highways into gridlocked car parks. To avoid these situations, the National Economic and Development Authority has initiated the Metro Manila Dream Plan, a collaboration between the capital city and surrounding regions to combat congestion, air pollution and accommodate the predicted population growth in Manila (30 million by 2030).

Working to improve road conditions, regional authorities have identified two key areas to address: driver behaviour and traffic patterns. MetroCount CEO Mike Kenny travelled to the Philippines in the tropical heat of July to discuss options to gather useful traffic data. The trip included supervising the installation of permanent traffic data collection sites and a detailed MTE™ software seminar to highlight statistics that can be determined using MetroCount systems.

A major port city, Batangas faces traffic issues, common across the country.

Already familiar with the MC5600 portable system, DPWH regional coordinators and BQS-TED representatives travelled to the city of Batangas to observe the installation of three different MetroCount technologies: the Permanent Piezo Classifier, the Inductive Loop Classifier, and our latest Remote Tube Classifier. A major port city, Batangas faces traffic issues common across the country and will benefit greatly from collecting long-term traffic data including vehicle volume, speed, class, and more advanced statistics such as vehicle gap.

Traffic Monitoring and Data Evaluation

The three systems will be verified against video and evaluated by engineers to determine suitability for Philippine applications. All three solutions provide remote data via FieldPod® , with each sensor type suited to a different application. The remote counter is the ideal for semi-permanent surveys, making use of pneumatic tubes for recording every axle hit. This enables a very detailed post-analysis. The piezo counter uses the same approach, but is a permanent solution, with sensors embedded in the pavement. The other technology, the inductive loop classifier is designed for collecting data continuously from multiple lanes. However, the resulted data is not as detailed, with vehicles classified by length, and slightly less accurate.

To learn more about the MetroCount collection methods and technology, contact us today.

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