Traffic Source

For general information about settings and how sources operate, please consult the general sources page.

To create a traffic source, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the "Sources" section.
  2. Click "+ Add."
  3. Select the content model with the "Traffic" type to initiate the creation of your traffic source.

The system uses a connection with a navigation system in the background to collect traffic data. It retrieves and processes this data based on the attached content model, generating valid traffic information.

Please note that the accuracy of the traffic information is somewhat experimental, and the output may not always be as precise as desired. Working on it :-)

Traffic Source Settings

Here is a breakdown of the settings in your source form when it is of the "traffic" type:

Traffic source settings form

  • Bounding Boxes - Specify the geographical area from which the traffic data is sourced. Each bounding box cannot exceed 10,000 km2. If you need a larger area, add multiple bounding boxes. Overlapping is acceptable. You can obtain bounding box values from a site like Bounding Box Finder. Select an area, and copy and paste the value labeled "Box" in the bottom left corner.
  • Minimum Delay to Include in Traffic Information - This setting determines the minimum delay required for traffic information to be included.
  • Limit the Amount of Incidents in Your Traffic Information - Traffic information is typically ordered with the longest delays first. This setting restricts the number of delays in the information to ensure it doesn't become too lengthy.
  • Road Number Filtering - When checked, you can add road numbers as filters. Only roads matching the filters will be included in the traffic information. Each road number can have a custom minimum delay. This way, you can include every delay on highways but only include smaller roads when there is a specific minimum delay.
  • Filter Traffic Categories to Include - It is advisable to select "Jam" here. Experiment further to determine whether including other categories is beneficial for your use case.
  • Filter on Probability of Occurrence - It is recommended to leave this setting as is, but you can experiment with it to find what works best for you.

Road Name Aliases

A traffic source, when of the "traffic" type, has a "Road Name Aliases" tab.

Traffic road name aliases tab

One of the challenges with traffic information is naming roads and locations on those roads. The source used in the background follows a standard naming convention for each road. However, with the "Road Name Aliases" tab in a traffic source, you can customize the naming of each road.

While it may be time-consuming, here's how it works: Each time traffic information is generated, the road names are added to the aliases. If you encounter an unusual name in the traffic information, you can go to this tab, search for the road, and adjust how you want that road named in newly created traffic information. This allows you to refine how you want your roads to be named over time.

It is advisable to set up some traffic information first and not use it on-air immediately. Use it initially for training purposes.