ARTSM Central System Interface replacement proposal revealed

ARTSM, the Association of Road Traffic Safety & Management have revealed details of a proposal for the replacement of the UK’s Urban Traffic Management Central System Interface.

“UTMC has served the Traffic Industry well for some years. However, it became clear pre-Covid, that the UTMC systems interfaces were insufficiently robust to cater for the needs of the future and we were all frustrated at the increasing issues around interoperability.

As such, both the industry and user communities were clear that they needed change to enable greater innovation and opportunities for interfacing as well as accessibility and removal of boundaries under procurement requirements.”

Industry, under the auspices of ARTSM agreed to once again collaborate together and discuss how best to achieve outcomes to meet the current growing demands of authorities and to reach the DfT goals for a digital future. Agreement was reached in the last quarter of 2023 and ARTSM have now begun the work for a replacement for a core service.

“If we consider the Database and decision engine (typically referred to as a Common Database) at the core, one of the primary connections is the UTC (Urban Traffic Control) systems connection. This has traditionally been served by the CORBA service defined for UTC by the UTMC specification TS003 and its associated standards.

Industry believe that this is the most fundamental point of the system which, once developed, will enable swifter development of the remaining platform requirements. UTC will therefore be the initial focus of the development work to replace the UTC System to system UTMC CORBA interface.”

ARTSM formed its working group of industry suppliers to develop the core provision, pending updates from TTF. A sub-group comprising the current providers of back office systems was formalised in 2023, and they are working collaboratively to ensure that the new interface will be robust and inclusive.

The sub-group members are: Idox, Mott Macdonald, Swarco, TRL and Yunex.

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