Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has awarded a four-year contract to Siemens Mobility for an upgrade of its traffic management systems.
The deal includes the maintenance of the authority’s existing systems and the ongoing delivery of a dedicated IP communications network to connect 328 urban traffic control (UTC) sites to the central Siemens Mobility UTC and SCOOT system.
It is also expected to involve migrating the legacy systems to the company’s Stratos cloud based highways management system over the next three years.
Wilke Reints, managing director of Siemens Mobility’s intelligent traffic systems business in the UK, said: “Having worked closely with the DfI team for more than 25 years, we are delighted to have been awarded this new contract to not only continue, but also build on our work together.
“We are pleased to be introducing our new UTC-UX system to Northern Ireland as part of the contract, which will provide an easy to use, intuitive and fully hosted system for the traffic management team.”
The UTC-UX system operates directly from a web browser with features that include junction status, a choice of maps, control features with context sensitive menus and new equipment overview screens. It enables users to easily explore a controlled junction and the associated equipment.
Reints added that the deal should help to meet the future challenges of running Northern Ireland’s roads network.
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