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.