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www.its-ukreview.org 39 systems and control applications necessary to deliver seamless individual journey management will by necessity require a collaborative approach; with businesses working within and peripheral to the sector. This will require an evolution of existing partnering principles and methodology such as ISO 11000, as well as a choice of standards that release data whilst remaining cognoscente of the Data Protection Act; providing the flexibility that will facilitate the progression of the end solutions whilst remaining conscious of the need for maintaining operator control over networks. Take Imtech’s work with Norfolk County Council (NCC) for instance. Imtech provide the Digital Communications Solution elements of NCC’s Traffic Signals & Intelligent Transport System Service Project. NCC was looking for a flexible, cost effective telecommunications system to replace their existing one. After exploring the full range of options together - working out the costs and benefits, exploring requirements – we settled on a wireless mesh network solution. This typically involves each traffic signal site becoming a telecommunications hub with its own multiport wireless router. As well as being cost effective, releasing substantial funds for the Council, this solution enables the Council, if they wish, to deploy additional systems - such as CCTV, ANPR, or VMS signs - on a temporary or permanent basis taking advantage of the “plug and play” nature of the IP network. Imtech enabled a flexible approach through being agnostic of supplier ties, sourcing componentry from our established supply chain. Our Chameleon product also enables us to work with UTC systems which are provided in Norfolk by another supplier. With the ability to operate over fixed line, wireless or hybrid telecoms infrastructures, the Chameleon outstation ensures the robust data integrity requirements of a complex UTMC control system are not compromised. With the telecommunications network and the connectivity in place, the authority has the basic building blocks of an intelligent mobility platform from which they can build and add services. It is this sort of approach that provides foundations for the future as opposed to the delivery of specific one-off projects that have limited potential for true mobility integration and cooperative working. Cooperative Systems Another key example of complementary and collaborative technology development is in the area of cooperative systems. Cars are now almost smart enough that they can drive themselves but to achieve the kind of smartness which comes with knowing things like where to drive, and how to drive in a way that benefits the whole system, vehicles need help from an intelligent infrastructure. Cooperative systems is about moving away from passively collecting information about vehicles on the network and communicating in a general form to active two-way communication with vehicles and other roads space users in an informed manner. It requires intelligent systems which gather data, turn it into insight and communicate it back in a specific, contextualised way. Take for example, our work with the City of Copenhagen as part of the 〉〉 Marc Roberts – Business Development Director, Paul Blakeman – Head of Innovation, Imtech Traffic & Infra


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