IBM and the German city of Cologne recently teamed up to test the company?s new transportation management software which helps in forecasting and managing traffic flow and traffic congestion. During the pilot study transportation experts from IBM and Cologne analysed data from the city’s traffic command centre which collects real-time data from around 150 monitoring stations and 20 traffic cameras on the roads, highways and intersections in the city. This was done over a period of six weeks with the help of the IBM Traffic Prediction Tool and IBM Intelligent Transportation solutions. The results were encouraging. The city’s traffic engineers and IBM could predict traffic volume and flow with more than 90% accuracy and 30 minutes in advance. The pilot is expected to help the city traffic command centre to optimise the current traffic flow, while anticipating and planning for potential traffic incidents.