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Cohda Wireless and ATC I BRAUMS have entered into an agreement to lead to the progression of traffic infrastructure and management systems across the globe to accommodate connected vehicles on our roads
The MOU was signed in Copenhagen at the recent ITS World Congress by Cohda Wireless CEO Dr. Paul Gray and Aldridge Traffic Controllers (ATC) and Urban Mobility Solutions provider Braums Managing Director Mr. Andrew Bull. ATC and Braums are partners in the delivery of the traffic management systems and infrastructure (ATC I BRAUMS) and the MOU signed between the parties will allow the SCATS controllers from ATC to incorporate Cohda’s V2X communication platform.
SCATS® is a fully adaptive urban traffic control system that optimises traffic flow and is operational in 27 countries and 180 cities around the world.
Cohda Wireless CEO Dr. Paul Gray said that a V2X-enhanced SCATS system has many benefits and that the MOU is a positive step forward in the journey towards a connected urban transport system:
“Connecting Cohda’s roadside units to SCATS controllers will provide a world of information that can be leveraged to enhance traffic flow and safety,” explained Dr Gray. “It will provide very detailed information on the speed and direction of connected vehicles as well as detect the presence of pedestrians and cyclists through their smartphones which can be relayed to vehicles and a central control room.”
“A V2X-enhanced SCATS system can also be applied for vehicle prioritisation, whether it be to keep buses and freight moving to prevent traffic congestion or to enhance access for emergency vehicles,” added Dr.
Gray. “The signal timing information can be transmitted to connected cars to facilitate the more economic and environmentally preferable ‘green wave’ driving style.”
Under the MOU, Cohda Wireless and ATC I BRAUMS will identify and explore business opportunities in an atmosphere of close cooperation and collaboration. ATC I BRAUMS Managing Director Mr. Andrew Bull said that exploring V2X opportunities in China is high on the agenda of all parties.
ATC I BRAUMS has had recent success in China through an initiative which involved the installation of more than 1,500 ATC SCATS Traffic Signal Controllers, many of which have been installed in Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Cohda Wireless established an office in Shanghai in February this year to capitalise on China’s rapidly developing markets for Smart Cities and autonomous cars.
China is a global leader in developing Smart City technology as its national Government aims to encourage information-rich connected systems to improve the liveability of its rapidly growing cities.
Aldridge Traffic Controllers (ATC) are an Roads and Maritime Services authorised Distributor of the world leading SCATS® Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) System.
ATC have a large team of SCATS® Urban Traffic Management System qualified technical personnel to support customers in the design, deployment and implementation of the SCATS® system including the supply of its own Traffic Signal Controllers giving clients a total system solution.
The SCATS® Urban Traffic Management System is a MS-Windows based software solution that works in a tiered fashion via 1 or more Regional Controllers (RC) that means traffic authorities are getting a highly redundant and therefore resilient system for maximum visibility and control of traffic.
A SCATS® system generally has a designated Central Manager (CM) and one or more Regional Computers (RC) which may run on the same physical server or different physical servers located in other geographic locations. A central Manager can manage up to 64 Regional Computer systems. Each Regional Computer is uniquely identified and can perform coordination on a maximum of 250 intersection's Traffic Signal Controllers.
A loss of communications between a Central Manager and a Regional Computer or between a Regional Computer and Traffic Signal Controllers does not result in a loss of service but a continued services with modified behaviour and continued control of the intersection at all times.
ATC have designed its latest generation of Traffic Signal Controller to be compatible with SCATS® to provide traffic authorities with a single supplier solution for complete Urban Traffic Management Systems.
For more information on the SCATS® Traffic Management System contact atc by clicking here.
For an introduction to the Adaptive Urban Traffic Control by SCATS® a freely downloadable document is available here titled an "Introduction to SCATS® 6".
Alternatively, contact ATC's Sales and Marketing Manager at ATC's Sydney office number +61 2 8846 5599 or by email.