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Identification of (near) Real-time Traffic Congestion in the Cities of Australia through Twitter

Y Gong, F Deng, R SINNOTT

Proceedings of the ACM First International Workshop on Understanding the City with Urban Informatics | ACM | Published : 2015

Abstract

Transport congestion is an increasing problem especially for larger cities. Typically traffic conditions are monitored in Australia by state and/or federal authorities using expensive electronic devices/sensors on roads or through CCTV cameras. However there is an alternative and far cheaper way to monitor real-time traffic status on roads: through targeted social media analytics. Social networking sites such as Twitter are hugely popular, public and often real-time in nature. A growing number of people post tweets about their lives and feelings every day and everywhere, often with location-based service information included. In this paper, we present an architecture and novel harvesting and..

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