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Technology to feature heavily at return of Traffex


Visitors to Traffex 2015 will have the opportunity to visit hundreds of exhibitors, hear interesting presentations and experience new and established products for themselves, all in one location.

Intelligent Transport Systems are expected to be a key part of this year’s Traffex show, where more than 30 ITS (UK) member companies will be showcasing their latest technology, products and services.

The country’s largest traffic management and road safety exhibition takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 April.

This free to attend event includes a range of seminar presentations, allowing delegates to hear from Government officials and traffic industry experts who will discuss current best practice, new legislation and what lies ahead for the future of the industry.

Sessions to look out for include an exhibition opening keynote by ITS (UK) President Steve Norris on day one, and a lunch time debate on day two – presented by ITS (UK) and IET – examining the question: Have we reached peak car?

On day 2 Milton Keynes Council’s head of transport Brian Matthews will discuss UK activities in connected and driverless vehicles. The seminar programme also includes talks from event partners and ITS (UK) members Siemens and Redspeed International.

The centrepiece of this year’s Traffex exhibition will be a full size public highway environment. Guests can walk or cycle around this demonstrator zone, which will be used showcase products including on board safety sensors for buses, and camera and radar technologies able to identify vulnerable road users.

Traffex 2015 will be co-located alongside its sister exhibition, Parkex, featuring leading suppliers of parking equipment, management and software, and its own programme of seminars.

Exhibition director Bill Butler said: “The parking and traffic industry is currently facing multiple challenges regarding new legislation and the use of new technology.

He added that Traffex and Parkex “will showcase many of the new products and services available to councils and provide a one stop shop for traffic and parking professionals”.

“Whether you are from a local council, central government department, or work in the private sector, there’s bound to be something for you. Nothing beats face to face interaction with the industry’s top experts to inspire and remind people what a diverse and exciting industry they work in.”

ITS (UK) stand offers meeting place for members

ITS (UK) will have a strong presence at Traffex, having helped to curate the show’s seminar programme which opens on the first day with a keynote address from President Steven Norris.

Mr Norris will also host a special Traffex Dinner on the evening of 21 April, where he is due to present the Society’s 2015 Awards for Excellence in ITS.

ITS (UK) Secretary General Jennie Marin said: “We look forward to Traffex and welcome the fact that each edition of this long established event contains a larger intelligent transport systems element – proof of how our sector has become an essential part of all modes of transport and continues to grow in importance.”

ITS (UK)’s stand – H90 – will serve as a lounge for its Members, where they can meet each other in comfortable surroundings with seating and refreshments. This was made possible as a result of sponsorship from GRID and Transport Simulation Systems (TSS).

Aimsun 8.1 model of Trafalgar Square

Aimsun 8.1 model of Trafalgar Square

TSS is launching the latest version of its transport modelling software – Aimsun 8.1 – at the show.

This product, the company says, stands out for the high speed of its simulations and for its integrated environment, which fuses travel demand modelling, macroscopic wide-area modelling and mesoscopic-microscopic hybrid simulation.

The firm is keen to raise its UK profile in 2015. “That is why we opened a London branch office last year and it is also why we are sponsoring the ITS (UK) stand at Traffex,” said TSS managing director Jaime L. Ferrer.

Assist-Mi connects disabled users directly to service providers to request real-time assistance

Assist-Mi connects disabled users directly to service providers to request real-time assistance

Meanwhile smart cities specialist GRID will be at the ITS (UK) stand promoting its assist-Mi, Kerb and Omnia apps.

Assist-Mi uses a combination of location based technologies and two-way messaging to connect disabled users directly with service providers to request real-time assistance.

Kerb is a booking service that dynamically allocates restricted kerbside for loading, coaches and parking. This could help reduce city congestion and emissions, and save fuel, time and money for drivers.

AGD Systems’ new ‘350’ enforcement solution

AGD Systems’ new ‘350’ enforcement solution

Radar innovations take centre stage

AGD Systems’ most technologically advanced intelligent radar detection systems to date will be on show at stand C22.

The firm’s new ‘350’ enforcement solution will be exhibited. This measures the speed and range of vehicles as well as their angle from the unit. The radar can pinpoint the specific positions of vehicles, making it well suited to red light and yellow box enforcement.

The ‘342’ speed enforcement radar, to be used for the HADECS3 (Highways Agency Digital Enforcement Camera System) project supporting roll-out of Smart Motorways, will also be on display. In addition the company will showcase its new multi-lane monitoring radar – the ‘342MM’ – as well as the compact, low power ‘336’ detector, which features its own solar power supply.

Meanwhile AGD will be making use of the demonstration area, where it will show off traffic control solutions including the ‘318’ for strategic detection applications including cyclist detection and the ‘640’ pedestrian detector.

One of the autonomous vehicles outside the O2 Arena, North Greenwich

One of the autonomous vehicles outside the O2 Arena, North Greenwich

Autonomous encounter

A chance to experience autonomous mobility first hand awaits visitors to the highway demonstration area, where Greenwich based technology specialist Phoenix Wings will be showing off its latest driverless vehicle.

The company has a strong background in the development of autonomous vehicles and is supplying technology for driverless car trials in Greenwich, being carried out as part of the TRL-led ‘GATEway’ project.



Camera specialist looks to increase UK presence

Redflex Traffic Systems is returning to Traffex this year to showcase its current range of innovative digital photo enforcement systems and back office technologies on stand C35.

Among exhibited products will be REDFLEXspeed radar, which is used on the HADECS3 (Highways Agency Digital Enforcement Camera System) project to support the implementation of mandatory variable speed limits on selected English motorways.

REDFLEXradarcam – a mobile speed enforcement camera that uses dual radar technology – will be on show alongside the firm’s fully automated number plate recognition system, REDFLEXanpr.

The company also has a range of enforcement and infringement management software to exhibit. REDFLEXdcms provides real time remote monitoring of enforcement camera networks, while REDFLEXiips is an advanced image and incident processing back office system.

European general manager Simon Pickup said: “We see further growth potential in the UK and European markets and have recently opened a new headquarters office in the UK to ensure we are ideally placed to meet new and existing customer’s market requirements.”



Digital enforcement firm to reveal new products

A number of new products are expected to be launched by RedSpeed International at this year’s Traffex. The company, exhibiting on stand A20, specialises in the research, development, manufacture, installation and maintenance of digital enforcement cameras.

In addition to the new products, which are not being revealed until the show, the firm will be displaying its self titled camera, RedSpeed (pictured). Installed at traffic light junctions, this technology detects red light violations as well as speed limit violations during the green or amber phase.

RedSpeed cameras and derivative SpeedCurb cameras are currently being installed across London after the firm won a contract to supply 600 speed and red light safety cameras to Transport for London last year.

RedSpeed’s head of sales and marketing John Clarkson said: “Traffex is a key exhibition for us and we are looking forward to welcoming friends both old and new to our Stand to discuss all things enforcement. We have new product launches this year so that’s even more of a reason to drop by!”

Vysionics’ VECTOR automatic number plate recognition camera

Vysionics’ VECTOR automatic number plate recognition camera

Latest ANPR systems to be exhibited

Vysionics ITS will showcase its latest automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and average speed enforcement technology solutions at stand B22.

The firm is exhibiting alongside Jenoptik Traffic Solutions, which acquired Vysionics in November last year, meaning visitors will be able to view an even wider range of products.

“Traffex is the most important show in our event calendar, so we are looking forward to demonstrating some of the exciting new technologies and solutions available to the UK market,” said Vysionics sales & marketing director Geoff Collins.

“We will be showing our latest Home Office Type Approval systems, along with some exciting new developments,” he added.

Technology on show includes the firm’s popular ANPR camera VECTOR, of which Vysionics has delivered 800 units to date. The system has applications ranging from average speed enforcement, police ANPR, HGV levy monitoring and access control.



Market leader to launch traffic management hub

Siemens is due to highlight its new Service Operations Centre at stand C10.

The facility, to be opened at the company’s UK headquarters in Poole, Dorset, is designed to remotely manage local authority road networks. Its capabilities include monitoring of key routes and junctions, strategic traffic control and network optimisation, all from a single location.

The centre will bring together Siemens’ existing Field Service Contact Centre, Systems Support and its Poole Consultancy Services team.

Head of consultancy services Martin Andrews said: “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.”

As one of the largest exhibitors at Traffex, Siemens is also using the show as a launch pad for its cloud based strategic traffic management solution, Stratos, and a number of other new products. These will feature alongside the firm’s existing portfolio of traffic controllers, signals and detection solutions, as well as traffic management, electric vehicle charging and traffic enforcement systems.

Siemens has sector experience ranging from the smallest of traffic control schemes to major projects such as the upgrade and operation of London’s detection and enforcement infrastructure for the Low Emission Zone and Congestion Charging schemes.



ITS firm to show off new parking solutions

Traffic enforcement technology provider Zenco Systems is attending its fourth Parkex show to launch two brand new products.

The company’s LaneWatch Mk2 and TrafficWatch PTZ cameras, together with its existing ZenGrab Digital Enforcement Suite of products, will be available for demonstration during the exhibition.

The new products will allow enforcement of yellow box junctions and parking contraventions on clearways and outside schools. They are being launched in light of legislative changes to Civil Parking Enforcement recently announced by Government, which the firm says will change the way that local authorities provide essential traffic and parking enforcement services.

Zenco’s Sales and marketing Director Adrian Ford said: “Parkex 2015 is the perfect platform for the launch of new safety and enforcement products as the people that most benefit from the technology can discuss it directly with the manufacturers.”

Visit the company on stand P72.

Exhibitor Roundup

  • A team from 3M will be at stand D50 to discuss ANPR systems for parking, average speed and journey time measurement and road user charging.
  • Clearview Traffic Group will be displaying its smart city solutions, including innovations in VMS management and use of traffic data as a service, at stand E21.
  • Meanwhile guests at stand E12 can find out about Colas’ new, full colour, scaleable matrix signs and its latest advances in safety for road workers.
  • On stand B31 Kapsch TrafficCom will demonstrate its ‘V2X’ communication system for road users and operators, and its DYNAC traffic management software.
  • Mobile VMS will show off solar powered variable message signs, CCTV and traffic sensors alongside traffic management software and ITS for road work zones at stand Z10.
  • Q-Free TDC will be at stand F41 to exhibit a range of ITS solutions for traffic detection, management and enforcement, tolling and connected vehicles.
  • Attendees can visit Smart CCTV – a value added reseller of traffic data collection technologies, incident detection, safety and security systems – at stand J61.
  • StarTraq will showcase its ‘Dome’ software, which is used manage traffic offence data including overstay parking and bus lane contravention, at stand C20.
  • On stand B10 Swarco will premiere its latest traffic controller for the UK market, the ITC-3, alongside traffic management solutions, variable message signs and more.
  • Recently merged Variable Message Signs and Techspan Systems, and sister company CA Traffic, will exhibit LED display and traffic monitoring solutions at stand E70.
  • Wavetronix will exhibit its accurate and reliable multi-lane radar system SmartSensor HD, which has been proven at thousands of installation sites, at stand J62.
  • Westcotec will show off its on-road flood alert system, which combines a sensor with an intelligent LED sign to display height of water ahead, at stand F52.

Seminar Timetable

Day 1: Tuesday 21 April

Exhibition Opening Keynote
Steve Norris, president, ITS United Kingdom
Patrick Troy, British Parking Association

Traffic Open Products and Specifications (TOPAS)
Keith Manston, head of product management, Siemens
Adrian Gray, head of highways, Hampshire County Council
This session will explain how the TOPAS type approval process of traffic control equipment will work.

The 2015 TSRGD: Where Are We Now?
Simon Morgan, chair, Institute of Highway Engineers’ Traffic Signs Panel
Delegates will hear about the biggest change to traffic signing legislation since the 1960s.

Smarter, Leaner, Stronger: What Next for Highways England?
Graham Dalton, chief executive, Highways England (HA)
Mr Dalton will assess the priorities for the new company and illustrate some of the differences that suppliers can expect over the next five years.

Old problems, New approaches
Martin Andrews, head of consultancy services, Siemens
David Pregon, product manager, Siemens
Speakers will examine how stretched authorities can meet operational requirements through innovations in technology & service delivery.

Developing your Skills through Professional Qualifications
Sue Stevens, director of education, CIHT
Visitors will find out how to gain recognition for their skills and knowledge through a CIHT professional qualification.

Planning for Cycling
John Parkin, professor of transport engineering, Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England
Mr Parkin will highlight CIHT’s new guideline on Planning for Cycling and discuss how to increase take up of the sustainable transport mode.

The Smart Travel Solution to the Urban Travel Challenge
Harry Scrope, managing director, Brompton Bike Hire
Delegates will hear about the fast expansion of Brompton Bike Hire across the UK.

Planning for Cycles
Matt Sweeting, head of network development, Highways England (HA)
Attendees will gain an insight into plans to encourage more cycling on the strategic road network.

Exhibition closed


Day 2: Wednesday 22 April

Matthew Lugg, director of public services, Mouchel
Alan Taggart, head of asset management, Mouchel
David Nicholson, director of highways & engineering, Oldham Borough Council
Speakers will discuss a new self-assessment questionnaire used to determine how much capital road maintenance funding local highway authorities receive.

Driver Education – from Cradle to Grave, it’s just a Question of When…
John Clarkson, head of sales and marketing, RedSpeed International
The seminar will explore what makes drivers behave the way they do, and the technology aimed at keeping them safe.

Bridge Inspection Practice and Advanced NDE Technologies in Japan and the US
Koji Mitani, president & CEO,
The presentation will highlight the differences in bridge inspection practices between two countries.

UK Activities in Connected and Driverless Vehicles
Brian Matthews, head of transport, Milton Keynes Council
Mr Matthews will examine the connected and autonomous vehicle agenda, including driverless car trials in Greenwich, Bristol, and Milton Keynes/Coventry.

ITS (UK) and the IET present – Lunchtime Debate:
Have We Reached Peak Car?
Phil Goodwin, emeritus professor of transport policy, UCL & UWE
Dr Ivo Wengraf, research analyst, RAC Foundation
Speakers will debate why DfT road traffic forecasts been overestimated ever since 1989, and whether driverless vehicles will make private car ownership less relevant.

CIHT/Lafarge Tarmac Health and Safety at Work Award
Andrew Sharp, A one +
Attendees will hear about the NO STRIKES IPV Awareness Training programme developed by A one +.

CIHT/Colas Technological Application Award
Ian Patey, Mouchel
This seminar will examine how the BB3 team has successfully delivered a Smart Motorway scheme between junctions 5 and 8 of the M6 in the West Midlands.

CIHT/EM Highway Services Streets Award
Elaine Kramer, Lambeth Council
The session will look at transformation of a London back road into Van Gogh Walk: a clean, safe street where children now play and residents meet.

CIHT/Ringway Innovation Award
Joan Chileshe, Atkins
This presentation will explain work by Atkins to assess risk of structural failure, and design strengthening measures for the Tame Valley Viaduct near Birmingham.

Exhibition closed


Day 3: Thursday 23 April

Express Ways the Future?
Dave Stones, divisional director, Highways England
Delegates will hear about the concept of Expressways, which will improve management of traffic on some of England’s busiest A roads over the next five years.

Supporting BIM compliance in 2016
Will Barron, product director, Keysoft Solutions
Mike Shilton, product director, Keysoft Solutions
Keysoft Solutions will highlight how traffic planners and engineers can increase their BIM compliance, without significant expenditure.

Getting it Right First Time
Alex Wright, southern sales manager, Instarmac
This session will focus on the benefits of first time permanent road repairs and how they reduce whole life costs and improving long term performance.

Journey Management
John McCarthy, technical director, Atkins
Mr McCarthy will discuss a ‘system of systems’ technology-enabled approach to creating ambient and responsive capability across different journey types and users.

Exhibition closed