The City of Calgary has activated a Bluetooth tracking technology to give Calgarians real-time travel information during their commute.
This innovative technology collects publicly available information from Bluetooth devices and estimates travel times and congestion. These times are then displayed on electronic signs at key locations.
The benefits of this technology to Calgarians are:
Bluetooth detection sign with estimated travel times
- Improved ability for drivers to make informed route planning choices.
- Decreased driver frustration.
- Collection of transportation data for planning purposes.
- Reduction of drivers using handheld devices to predict traffic during their commute.
Based on a successful pilot project using Bluetooth technology to monitor and display travel times for drivers, The City has installed Bluetooth travel time systems along Deerfoot Trail, and most recently, along Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail.
See current travel times along Deerfoot, Crowchild and Glenmore Trails.
Deerfoot Trail: travel time information system
The Deerfoot Trail travel time system consists of 15 sensors and seven permanent message boards from Airport Trail in the northeast to Barlow Trail in the southeast.
The system operates from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
The Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail travel time system
Five new Bluetooth travel time signs have been placed in key locations along Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail.
- Westbound Glenmore Trail at 18 Street S.E. – showing travel times to Crowchild Trail and Bow Trail.
- Eastbound Glenmore Trail before Crowchild Trail – showing travel times to Deerfoot Trail and 24 Avenue N.W.
- Southbound Crowchild Trail at 24 Avenue N.W. – showing travel times to 17 Avenue South and Glenmore Trail.
- Southbound Crowchild Trail at Richard Road– showing travel times to Glenmore Trail and Deerfoot Trail.
- Northbound Crowchild Trail and 54 Avenue S.W. - showing travel times to Memorial Drive and 24 Avenue N.W.
The new system is operational on weekdays, during the morning and afternoon rush hours (6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)