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Intelligent Traffic Systems are innovative technological interventions that improve traffic flows and reduce CO2 emissions, and therefore improve the quality of life in the cities of the future using intelligent technology. ITCs are part of the broad range of mobility solutions provided by ENGIE Fabricom.
ANPR stands for automatic number plate recognition. An ANPR system reads number plates with cameras, then links this data to information in databases, allowing authorities and security services to identify drivers. Since number plates vary in different countries, the system has to be very versatile.
CCTV & AID cameras
Wired or wireless CCTV cameras monitor zones and movements in a closed circuit. They are operated from a control room, which allows them to be zoomed in or out, among other things, and send images in real time. Recorded images can be used as evidence in criminal cases, or for other purposes.
AID (automatic incident detection) cameras can detect incidents autonomously, and warn road users about them. They are used to report situations such as incidents in tunnels and the presence of smoke, and to monitor the occupancy rate in a defined area.
Smart traffic lights
Electronic sensors in the road surface measure traffic congestion at intersections in real time, giving priority to traffic in busier roads. The same technology is deployed to create green waves, where traffic lights are coordinated so that they change to green for cars travelling at a certain speed. This means cars have to stop less, and helps smooth traffic flows.
Dynamic parking guidance systems with electronic signs lead drivers to empty parking spaces. These systems take into account traffic density, and the occupation of the various connected car parks and defined parking places in real time.
Shop and go parking
These are intelligent parking systems that make sure certain parking spaces are not occupied throughout the day, but only used for short-term parking. The system warns parking attendants if cars are left in a space for too long.
VMS (Variable Message Systems)
VMS signs are generally installed above motorways, and inform road users about various events that may affect journeys. The signs have a large surface area fitted with LEDs, so they can display both pictograms and written messages.
DTM (Dynamic Traffic Management)
These intelligent, electronic traffic signs, which are linked to electronic sensors in and along the road surface, give road users information about the lane they are in, travel times, and alternative routes in the event of an accident.