Knowledge Note

Transport efficiency and safety in the advanced economies have long benefited from information and communication technology (ICT). However, these ICT applications have typically been high cost, customized infrastructure systems. Now the era of the Internet, digital mobile communication, and “big data” analysis has created a new global potential for less costly and more powerful “intelligent transport systems” (ITS). The World Bank is supporting client transport agencies in deploying these new tools—including cloud-based services, open data standards, and smartphone applications—to more efficiently manage transportation assets and improve road safety.