Intelligent traffic alert system for smart cities

Assil Ksiksi, Saeed Al Shehhi, Rashad Ramzan

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14 Citations (Scopus)


Traffic accidents are one of the main causes of sudden death worldwide. Inadequate driver response to changing road and traffic conditions leads to a higher probability of road accidents. With the rise of the concept of Smart Cities, safety and security are two important issues that need to be addressed. In this paper, we propose an Intelligent Traffic Alert System (iTAS) that warns drivers of potential dangers on the road using audio and visual alerts. The iTAS consists of transmitter units installed on the side of the road that broadcast vital information such as the speed limit, road conditions, and unexpected traffic situations to drivers in real-time over the commercial FM radio frequency band. On the receiver side, the system uses the radio already present in the vehicle to deliver audio alerts that help keep drivers informed on road and traffic conditions. The installation of an optional receiver unit inside the vehicle makes it possible to display the alerts on a LCD screen in the form of visual warning symbols. A lab prototype of the proposed system was built using off-the-shelf commercial components. The results acquired from testing the prototype were good enough to validate our approach to the design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Smart City, SmartCity 2015, Held Jointly with 8th IEEE International Conference on Social Computing and Networking, SocialCom 2015, 5th IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Computing and Communications, SustainCom 2015, 2015 International Conference on Big Data Intelligence and Computing, DataCom 2015, 5th International Symposium on Cloud and Service Computing, SC2 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509018932
Publication statusPublished - May 2 2016
EventIEEE International Conference on Smart City, SmartCity 2015 - Chengdu, China
Duration: Dec 19 2015Dec 21 2015


OtherIEEE International Conference on Smart City, SmartCity 2015


  • Intelligent road system
  • Road safety
  • Safe driving assistance
  • Smart cities
  • Traffic alert system
  • Traffic alerts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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