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"PA became full and effective members of our team, shared ownership of the issues we faced and offered both a range of relevant skills and a clear desire to help us through to a successful conclusion."
Bob Tatchell, Deputy Head of Road Demand Management, Department for Transport

Making Intelligent Transport Systems a practical reality

PA Consulting Group has over 16 years experience of the specification, development and testing of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

ITS addresses transport problems through the use of computing and communications technologies, particularly for roads. It encompasses real time messaging systems such as the Highways Agency’s variable message signs, Active Traffic Management (ATM) control systems as used on the M42, and real time navigation and routing solutions now commonplace in Satellite Navigation systems. 

In this developing market there are frequently ‘solutions looking for a problem’, rather than services developed to meet market demand. Uptake has been variable, depending upon the application and there is a wide disparity in the approaches to solving traffic problems across Europe and beyond. To address this, the EU has issued a directive obliging member states to put plans and legislation in place by 2012, for the implementation of ITS. Transport authorities across Europe must act now.

We have worked with major transport agencies across the UK, leading research, providing technical expertise and managing programmes in fields such as motorway tolling technology, electronic vehicle identification and smart-card ticketing.

Our work includes helping our clients by:

  • Managing the programme and technical aspects of integrating the national travel smartcard and the London ‘Oyster’ card for Department for Transport
  • Verifying the Intellectual Property records for all aspects of the ‘Oyster’ smartcard system for Transport for London
  • Investigating potential applications for the Galileo satellite positioning system and supported the development of technical standards for Department for Transport
  • Reviewing the London Bus Services mobile radio systems to identify performance problems for Transport for London
  • Providing project management, procurement and technical expertise to support road pricing research for the Department of Transport

PA takes a holistic approach to client problems in the ITS field, coupled with relevant supporting analysis to transform concepts into practical reality.

To find out how we can help you exploit the potential of Intelligent Transport Systems, contact us now.

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