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traffic

1. 
a. the business of commercial transportation by land, sea, or air
b. the freight, passengers, etc., transported
2. trade, esp of an illicit or improper kind
3. Chiefly US the number of customers patronizing a commercial establishment in a given time period

traffic

[′traf·ik]
(communications)
The messages transmitted and received over a communication channel.
(engineering)
The passage or flow of vehicles, pedestrians, ships, or planes along defined routes such as highways, sidewalks, sea lanes, or air lanes.

traffic

Data transmitted over a network. Traffic is a very general term and typically refers to overall network usage at a given moment. However, it can refer to specific transactions, messages, records or users in any kind of data or telephone network. See PPS.
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As the WHO/World Bank report makes clear, the increase in traffic deaths and injuries in the world s poorer nations has been evident for years: global traffic deaths have risen from approximately 990,000 per year in 1990 to nearly 1.
F5 is uniquely positioned in this market to address and support the challenges that carriers and enterprises face in building SIP-based networks, thanks to the intelligent, market-leading Layer 7 capabilities built into its traffic management software.
Their ability to see this information enables them to distinguish between different kinds of traffic on a single circuit, aggregate different traffic types into service classes, and distinguish between different subscribers' traffic.
It's a two-pronged undertaking in which researchers are generating mathematical and computer models of traffic flow and at the same time devising ways to reduce congestion.
This assumption, however, fails to take into account the fact that the amount of damage, pain, and suffering caused by traffic law violators involved in collisions far exceeds that of criminal acts.