Yunex Traffic has been awarded a contract by City of Edinburgh Council to enhance its Urban Traffic Control system. Under the Intelligent Infrastructure Project, Yunex Traffic will be supplying intelligent traffic systems that will enable the Council to better manage its road networks, deliver its environmental targets and provide faster, more accurate information to all road users.
With ever-growing traffic volumes putting pressure on traffic management teams to effectively manage their network capacity, City of Edinburgh Council sought to enhance its existing traffic control systems. As a result, the Intelligent Infrastructure Project has been launched, as part of which Yunex Traffic is supplying its UTC-UX hosted urban traffic control and Stratos traffic management solutions.
Together they will provide the Council with a completely integrated system with a common look and feel. These new systems will not only help Edinburgh’s road network operate more efficiently and effectively, but will also provide an enhanced experience for the city’s road-users and those who live and work there.
Wilke Reints, Managing Director of Yunex Traffic in the UK, said: “We are looking forward to working closely with the Edinburgh team over the course of the whole contract to further expand and enhance the system, as the city’s needs and the available technologies both evolve.”
Operating directly from an HTML5 web browser, UTC-UX will enable the traffic management team to control and monitor traffic over a wide area, combining traditional traffic control with a host of additional functions, including fixed time and SCOOT adaptive control, public transport priority, emergency vehicle green waves, queue and congestion detection and pollution monitoring.
The Stratos management suite builds on this functionality, with a number of modules being supplied to the Council. These include the Strategy and Disruptions Manager modules, which together will provide traffic managers with control solutions for both planned and unplanned disruptions on Edinburgh’s road network. Based on real-time data, strategies will be triggered automatically to improve traffic flows and, as a result, air quality. The Environment Manager module will also positively impact on air quality, with new sensors being installed across Edinburgh to collect data on prevailing air quality levels.
Configured within the Stratos Network Performance module will be a Journey Time as a Service (JTaaS) solution, based on data provided by Yunex Traffic’s partner, HERE Technologies. Yunex Traffic has enhanced the module’s existing functionality to enable integration with Traffic Scotland data, which will provide a wider view of traffic, and with additional social media channels.
Wilke Reints continued: “Working closely with our colleagues at HERE, we’re delighted with the results that our JTaaS installations are delivering to local authorities across the UK, with the system delivering reduced journey times, less congestion and improved air quality.”
Work on the project is already underway. Supported by funding from Scotland’s European Regional Development Fund, with extensions, the programme could run for up to 11 years.