Siemens has launched a new Service Operations Centre at its UK headquarters in Poole, Dorset, that will allow it to remotely manage local authority road networks from a single facility.
The development brings together the company’s existing Field Service Contact Centre, Systems Support and its Poole-based Consultancy Services team.
Featuring Siemens’ cloud-based traffic management solution Stratos as well as hosted traffic management, the centre is capable of monitoring key routes and junctions, strategic traffic control and network optimisation.
It was opened to coincide with Traffex 2015, the traffic engineering, road safety and highways maintenance exhibition which started on Tuesday this week and closes today.
Siemens head of consultancy services Martin Andrews said the new centre is designed to meet customer operational requirements by offering out-sourced facilities that will also support stretched customer traffic control resources.
“By combining our offering, we can provide an enhanced level of day-to-day operational support to customers that is completely flexible depending upon their requirements,” he said.
Siemens has also unveiled a new traffic solution that provides Pedestrian Countdown at Traffic Signals (PCaTS) at Traffex 2015.
PCaTS informs pedestrians of how long they have to cross the road by providing a visible countdown of the time remaining before the appearance of the red man.
The firm said this system is intended to reduce pedestrian anxiety and help smooth traffic flow. “The PCaTS units are completely compatible with Siemens Helios Traffic signals and can be easily fitted as part of a new installation or as a retrofit to an existing site,” said head of product management Keith Manston,