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ITS Review: Autumn 08

ITS Review: Autumn 08
By Rik Thomas

The emphasis of Intelligent Transport Systems in the UK is currently in the process of changing, if the makeup of the various Special Interest Groups established by ITS-UK is anything to go by. Two of the latest groups to be formed, ‘Inclusive Mobility’ and ‘Women in ITS’,... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Environmental issues move to the top of the ITS agenda

Environmental issues move to the top of the ITS agenda

The ‘Environment’ SIG at ITS-UK is, in contrast to the ‘Inclusive Mobility’ and ‘Women in ITS’ groups, by no means new, having been established back in 2000, explains the group's... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Is road pricing starting to make a bit of a comeback?

Is road pricing starting to make a bit of a comeback?

ALthough London's congestion charging scheme is widely regarded as having been successful, there has hardly been a tidal wave of imitators since the scheme went live five years ago. Sweden's capital, Stockholm,... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
The need for a more integrated approach to traffic management

The need for a more integrated approach to traffic management

A key area where ITS has the potential to help improve the UK’s transport network is in integrating the management of the trunk road network and local authority roads, according to Gary Umpleby, a divisional director at Mott MacDonald... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
The benefits of co-operation

The benefits of co-operation

Consultant Atkins, in partnership with a range of industry and academic organisations, has announced details of... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
A more subtle approach to enforcement?

A more subtle approach to enforcement?

The enforcement of road traffic law using ITS is changing, according to Trevor Ellis, an independent consultant and chair of the 'Enforcement' SIG at... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Improving network reliability in Essex

Improving network reliability in Essex

A concrete example of how ITS can be used to improve journey time reliability on the road network is provided by work carried out by consultant Atkins... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

A new beginning for Traffic Scotland

After successfully bidding to be the Traffic Scotland network management operator late last year, since January 2008 Atkins has taken over the operation of the Traffic Scotland service, which 'completes the set' for the consultant, which is already responsible for network management and control... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Smartcard rail ticketing moves a step closer

Smartcard rail ticketing moves a step closer

According to Chris Queree, head of systems planning at ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) and chair of the 'Passenger Information' Special Interest Group at... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

Israel issues tender for traffic management system

The Israeli National Roads Company (NRC) has issued a tender relating to the National Traffic Management System. The NTMS project comprises 360km of road network extending from Highway 65 in the north of Israel to Highway 41 in the south and to Highway 6 in the East, and including the corridors... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

New smart cards for Hong Kong

The Toppan Printing Company has announced that it is to supply a new design of smart card for transport and electronic payment functions for the Hong Kong market. The new smart card was released in August by Citibank Hong Kong, as the Octopus Citibank Card, combining a Citibank credit card with an... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

EC allocates ‘smart’ radio spectrum

The European Commission has decided to reserve, across Europe, part of the radio spectrum for smart vehicle communications systems based on wireless communication technology that allow cars to 'talk' to other cars and to the road infrastructure providers. The EC’s decision provides a single... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Reading trials ITS applications for future of public transport information systems

Reading trials ITS applications for future of public transport information systems

An innovative intelligent transport system and services trial, run by consultant Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA) as part of a collaboration of private sector partners for Reading Borough Council has just concluded and the results of the trial, PBA suggests, confirm that similar systems could be rolled out across... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

Scope of German AKTIV road management project outlined

Future traffic management solutions will allow vehicles and gantry signs to communicate with each other, according to PTV. Announcing details of the company’s work as part of the AKTIV research initiative (Adaptive and Cooperative Technologies for Intelligent Traffic), Michael Ortgiese,... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

£7m from TSB

The Government's Technology Strategy Board has announced that it is to invest over £7m in new research that will adapt and develop technology to help people to make smarter personal travel choices. The £7m investment will provide partial funding for projects that best address these... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Hauliers head towards anonymous performance benchmarking

Hauliers head towards anonymous performance benchmarking

ITS is most often mentioned with reference to controlling the flows of private cars on a road network. But, according to Geoff Clarke, freight consultant at Faber Maunsell and the chair of the ‘Freight’ Special... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Is ITS moving away from hardware and towards a softer focus?

Is ITS moving away from hardware and towards a softer focus?

Most of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) set up by ITS-UK, the UK’s Intelligent Transport Society, have a familiar ‘techie’ sound to them – ‘Automotive User’, ‘Passenger Information’ and... continue

16 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

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