This project is funded by the “Europäischer Fonds für Regionale Entwicklung (EFRE)” and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

The TOMTOM Traffic Index measures traffic jams in cities around the world. Hamburg is ranked 61st in the world and 14th in Europe. Furthermore, it is only one percentage point below the most congested city in Germany, Cologne (March 6, 2017).

Bottelenecks can arise from one of many factors or even a combination of them. Some of the main factors are: number of road users, construction sites, timing of traffic lights, and special events such as demonstrations or sports events.

Road users

Construction sites

Traffic lights

Special events

In the iPlanB project, we focus primarily on the coordination and optimization of construction sites, the timing of traffic lights and special events.

Project aim

iPlanB is the abbreviation for “Interactive Big-Data-Analysis for the Planning of Construction Measures”. The aim of the project is to improve the flow of traffic on the streets of Hamburg. In order to reach this important goal, iPlanB first collects comprehensive historical and live data that influence traffic. The data is then analysed by means of big-data approaches, and connections between traffic flow factors are worked out. The analysis of historical data is intended to show weak points in planning. This knowledge helps the planners to learn from past mistakes and make improvements in the future. In addition, iPlanB also develops forecasts and instructions for planners with the aid of machine learning in order to identify possible problems at an early stage. This can reduce traffic jams and improve traffic flow in Hamburg.

Project organisation

iPlanB is supported by the Investitions- und Förderbank Hamburg (IFB). The project started in September 2016 and has a three-year term. WPS is the consortium manager and works closely with the University of Hamburg in the project. In order to increase the value of the project results, iPlanB works closely with various departments of the Landesbetriebes für Straßen, Brücken und Gewässer (LSBG).

3D Traffic Analysis