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The successful management of traffic in the 21st century places many demands upon the service provider. As the volume of traffic using the highways continues to grow at a greater rate than the capacity of the road network, the effect of traffic congestion is an ever-increasing problem in towns and cities around the world.
Siemens’ urban traffic control (UTC) system brings together the proven SCOOT adaptive traffic control system with the enhanced functionality of Siemens’ advanced user interface. Utilising the latest version of the SCOOT adaptive control software, Siemens’ UTC has proven itself in over 100 towns and cities around the world as effective in reducing congestion and maximising the efficiency of the road network.
The combination of Siemens’ proven UTC SCOOT software and the Microsoft Windows operating system offers a solution which is flexible to meet the needs of any service provider, from small towns to the largest urban metropolis.
Siemens UTC is now available as either a traditional local deployment, PC-SCOOT or as a fully cloud hosted solution, Hosted UTC. Hosted solutions bring benefits of scale, resilience, improved security and always upto date hardware and underlying operating systems.
Implementation of UTC from Siemens allows more cost-effective systems integration and commonality of hardware across the range of traffic management and control systems. This in turn reduces maintenance requirements and provides more opportunities for implementing a wider range of traffic control solutions.
Integration into Siemens’ UTC of the latest UTMC standards ensures the seamless application of traffic management solutions within any environment for effective and efficient network management. Operating at the heart of Siemens’ UTC system, the latest version of the adaptive traffic control application, SCOOT MMX includes additional facilities to prioritise pedestrians at junctions, improve operation during low flow periods and provide enhanced estimations of emissions.
As part of the SCOOT MMX upgrade, a new facility targeted primarily at traffic junctions with pedestrian crossing facilities has been developed, enabling greater account to be taken of pedestrians at sites where the pedestrian demand is high. Where there are large numbers of pedestrians waiting to cross, the green man invitation period, and hence the overall time available to pedestrians to cross, can now be varied by SCOOT according to expected demand.
Further new developments to reduce cycle time during quiet periods and introduce sub-regions have also been added to SCOOT MMX. These changes introduce greater flexibility in managing network efficiency under low flow conditions, improving network performance and reducing waiting times at red signals. Emissions estimates have also been updated in SCOOT MMX and take account of an improved understanding of vehicle emissions and the changing mix of increasingly cleaner vehicles on the road network.
With Siemens as one of the key driving forces and co-sponsors of a programme of continuous improvements to suit user requirements, SCOOT is under continual research and development with ideas and suggestions from users and developers contributing directly towards new features. The programme is aimed at developing SCOOT to take account of new technology and to meet the requirements of the traffic manager.