PTV Group and Stellenbosch University strengthen their joint commitment to Intelligent Transport Systems and traffic management in South Africa
Karlsruhe, Germany / Stellenbosch, South Africa. PTV Group, market leader for mobility and logistics software will support research and development at the Stellenbosch Smart Mobility Laboratory with its renowned software solutions for transportation modeling and simulation. The two partners will also collaborate closely on mobility and intelligent transport system projects. PTV Group and Stellenbosch University are excited to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to underpin this joint commitment to innovation in smart and sustainable mobility..
As part of SU’s Faculty of Engineering, the Stellenbosch Smart Mobility Laboratory (SSML) focuses on technology solutions and data applications for transportation engineering. The SSML provides a state-of-the-art research and teaching environment for the development of innovative and cost-effective transportation solutions for developing countries. With access to PTV’s leading transport modeling and simulation software PTV Visum and PTV Vissim, students can conduct their mobility studies under realistic transportation planning conditions, and thus become better prepared for their future working environments.
Another vision of the SSML is to make Stellenbosch the first transport-orientated “smart city” in South Africa. The University and PTV are working closely together and with the Stellenbosch Municipality on a project to coordinate traffic signals in the town in real-time, to reduce congestion. For this project, the SSML uses a PTV transport model for testing and calibrating the adaptive traffic signal control systems in the town, which are also based on PTV software.
“Stellenbosch University and the PTV Group have maintained a close relationship for many years,” says Christian Haas, CEO of PTV Group. “I am pleased that we can now give this an official framework with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. Our joint project with the Stellenbosch Municipality shows how fruitful this partnership already is. Together we will empower cities in South Africa on their way to smart, sustainable mobility.”
Dr Johann Andersen, Associate Professor of Intelligent Transportation Systems at Stellenbosch University adds “I’m very excited that we now have this arrangement with PTV Group. Our students benefit from the software of the industry leader when learning, working, and researching in the SSML. This enables them to do realistic transportation planning and makes them sought-after transportation planners and engineers on graduation."
About Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University is home to 29 000 students across five campuses. The historical oak-lined university town in the winelands of the Western Cape, South Africa, has a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike.
The University is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. It boasts the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It also has the highest student success rate in the country.
The Faculty of Engineering is one of SU’s flagship faculties and has been a major pro-ducer of South Africa’s top-quality engineers since 1944. There are approximately 4 000 engineering students, of whom approximately 3 000 are undergraduate and 1 000 post-graduate. These world-class engineers contribute to the economic development of the country and improves citizens’ quality of life.
PTV Group is a leading global software company for traffic planning, simulation, and real-time management as well as a provider of optimization solutions for transport logistics. With more than 40 years of experience in the fields of mobility and logistics, the Germany-based company provides software products based on proprietary algorithms ranging from microscopic and macroscopic modeling and simulation of traffic to real-time traffic management, benefiting more than 2,500 cities and municipalities. In addition, PTV is one of the leading companies providing software for the planning and optimization of logistics processes, especially in the field of route planning and tour optimization. Bridgepoint acquired a majority stake in the company in October 2021 in order to further accelerate its growth together with Porsche Automobil Holding SE, which continues to hold a minority stake in PTV.
PTV. Empowering mobility.
PTV Group takes a holistic approach that integrates all aspects of traffic, transport and logistics to create and promote sustainable mobility. The PTV Group provides software solutions and consulting services to empower mobility and transport for a cleaner and smarter future. Its best-in-class software for intelligent traffic management and transport optimization enables decision-makers in politics, cities, industry, and trade save time and money, make roads safer, and protect the environment. PTV’s software simulate and demonstrate today how tomorrow’s mobility, with all its ecosystems and dimensions, can be realized – from strategic transport planning to micromobility for the first/last mile.
The company was established in 1979. Today, approximately 900 employees worldwide work on future-oriented solutions to create intelligent and eco-friendly mobility for everyone.
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