Technology offers the solution for the mobility of tomorrow
Guaranteeing our mobility forms one of the key challenges in today’s society. Without mobility, our economy will grind to a halt. Motorways are becoming increasingly crowded; city centres are becoming more and more difficult to access. The limits of our capacity have been reached. At the same time, increasingly strict environmental and sustainability requirements are being made – and rightly so – that seem to be at odds with the ongoing increase in mobility. Technology offers the solution to enable us to comply with all these requirements.
High-tech traffic management
Technology will allow us to optimally utilise the available road network. High-tech traffic management, as found in for example traffic control centres and traffic control rooms, will result in improved circulation of traffic, optimum control, up-to-date traffic information for travellers and effective ‘accident management’. These centres and control rooms are connected to Motorway Traffic Management technology on and under motorways, allowing for the real-time, 24/7 mapping out of traffic flows.
Software links to matrix information panels allow the controllers to give car drivers up-to-date warnings about congestion and accidents, and to circulate travel information, which is naturally also dispersed via the internet, radio and television.
‘Green’ technology allows for the partially decentralised generation of the energy required for such solutions. A new generation of traffic technology – co-operative technology – enables a direct, real-time technological ‘dialogue’ between individual vehicles and between vehicles and fixed traffic systems such as automatic traffic control systems.
This will lead to a considerable improvement of the air quality, reduced fuel consumption, improved traffic safety and reduced costs for cargo transporters. It will be possible to achieve savings of up to 20% in emissions and fuel consumption. Green, energy-efficient ‘Innolumis’ lighting with variants like green (green and golden green) and white (moonlight and white moonlight) not only improve the roads’ visibility, but also make a substantial contribution in terms of energy savings.
Dynamic traffic management
On more and more roads, the authorities are introducing dynamic speed limits. This is possible thanks to innovative technology and state-of-the-art software. High-tech control systems that indicate and maintain the speed limit, including the intelligent management of hard shoulder running, ensure maximum traffic circulation and optimum safety. In this area too, developments are going fast. At present, it is already possible to receive a message – en route in your car – indicating that you need to stick to a certain speed, in the interest of the optimum circulation of traffic. And this is not science fiction.
ImtechBolashak and Peek Traffic enjoy a strong position in the European traffic market. Imtech Bolashak offers a wide range of solutions in the area of intelligent transport systems, dynamic traffic management, road safety, traffic maintenance and the environment, as well as priority systems and dynamic traffic information for travellers.
Imtech is active in the UK and the Netherlands, Belgium, Central and Eastern Europe, Sweden and Finland. The firm furthermore exports mobility solutions to the rest of Europe and beyond.