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Transport for London (TfL) and Siemens Mobility Limited on 24th September 2020 announced the launch of an all-new adaptive traffic control solution called "Sitraffic Fusion" in London. It will be able to optimise traffic flows more intelligently, using connected vehicle data to identify pedestrians, cyclists and public transport vehicles, as well as cars.
Sitraffic Fusion is a key part of London’s Real-Time Optimiser (RTO) system, which will provide a completely new way of managing roads across the city, revolutionising the system that has been keeping London moving for over 30 years.
The Sitraffic Fusion which is developed by Siemens Mobility in collaboration with Transport for London (TfL) and supported by the University of Southampton, enables all modes of transport to be modelled and optimised in a way that responds to the challenges that cities such as London face, such as cleaning up toxic air, making walking and cycling easier and safer and delivering a reliable and sustainable public transport system.
Glynn Barton, director of network management at Transport for London (TfL) said:
We’re working to overhaul the way we manage London’s road network as we tackle some of the biggest issues London faces, such as poor air quality and congestion, ensuring that the capital has a green, healthy and sustainable future. This ground-breaking new adaptive control system, part of our Surface Intelligent Transport Systems programme, has the potential to make our road network more efficient and responsive to people’s needs and movement. We’re very much looking forward to seeing the results of our first trial sites.
Wilke Reints, Managing Director of Siemens Mobility’s Intelligent Traffic Systems business in the UK, commented:
This trial marks a major milestone in the development of this ground-breaking traffic management solution, and I know its progress will be followed closely by industry colleagues around the world. Whilst London is using our hosted UTC solution for the first time to provide Fusion with connectivity to the street, the system is designed to work with a range of UTC systems. Although this is just the first manifestation of the new system, we are enormously excited by its potential and the degree of control that it will give transport authorities.
“London is a high-profile showcase for this intelligent traffic solution, with Fusion a great example of how our digital solutions are enabling authorities to make their networks and infrastructure intelligent. Ultimately this will deliver an enhanced experience for road users,” he added.
This move is a significant step in a 10-year programme that began when TfL signed Siemens in 2018 to develop a next-generation traffic control and highways management system. The first phase was the delivery of the RTO, with FUSION providing the second phase.
This article first appeared on www.urbantransportnews.com
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