According to Forbes, 2015 proved to be one of the worst years for traffic fatalities in the US, with over 26,000 people losing their lives in auto accidents nationwide. Due to that fact, as should be the case, state and federal officials have been combing every avenue for a way to make our roadways safer. This has opened the door for innovations including but not limited to the following:
- The institution of new laws regarding drunk driving, texting and driving and hours-of-service for truckers
- A wave of technological advances in regards to vehicle safety
- The creation of an auto accident prevention system that has led to cognitive analytics reducing traffic fatalities in Tennessee
What Are Cognitive Analytics?
Cognitive analytics are part of a strategy used to learn how processes work. The cognitive analytics strategy involves collecting data on every part of a process, analyzing the data to discover the strong and weak points of the process and then using the findings to predict the results of the process. This information can help those who use cognitive analytics to predict the negative outcomes of a process and possibly prevent them from happening.
How Are Cognitive Analytics Reducing Traffic Fatalities in Tennessee?
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is the first state law enforcement agency in the country to use cognitive analytics as a tool to improve traffic safety and prevent auto accidents and fatalities. According to a report in Forbes, since THP began using an IBM system to incorporate cognitive analytics into its auto accident prevention tactics around five years ago, Tennessee’s traffic fatality rates have dropped to their lowest level in over 50 years.
TITAN (Tennessee Integrated Traffic Analysis Network) is the department in charge of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s cognitive analytics system. TITAN uses several data sources to create a live map that is constantly updated with the locations where traffic problems are most likely to happen. This information enables THP, which employs approximately 840 troopers statewide, to anticipate where car and truck accidents will take place and act in time to prevent them from happening. Data sources that the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s cognitive analytics system uses to create its predictions include but are not limited to the following:
- Historical traffic accident information
- Special event schedules
- Weather forecasts
It is comforting to know that we live in a state where law enforcement is willing to take advantage of new resources to save lives. We hope that law enforcement in our state continues to be at the forefront of life saving innovations and that those responsible for traffic safety and accident prevention in other states follow Tennessee’s lead.
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” – Proverbs 18:15