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Cohda Wireless and ATC I BRAUMS have entered into an
agreement to lead to the progression of traffic infrastructure and management
systems across the globe to accommodate connected vehicles on our roads.
The MOU was signed in Copenhagen at the recent ITS World
Congress by Cohda Wireless CEO Dr. Paul Gray and Aldridge Traffic Controllers
(ATC) and Urban Mobility Solutions provider Braums Managing Director Mr. Andrew
Bull. ATC and Braums are partners in
the delivery of the traffic management systems and infrastructure (ATC I BRAUMS)
and the MOU signed between the parties will allow the SCATS controllers from ATC
to incorporate Cohda’s V2X communication platform.
SCATS® is a fully adaptive urban traffic control system
that optimises traffic flow and is operational in 27 countries and 180 cities around
Cohda Wireless CEO Dr. Paul Gray said that a V2X-enhanced
SCATS system has many benefits and that the MOU is a positive step forward in
the journey towards a connected urban transport system:
“Connecting Cohda’s roadside units to SCATS controllers
will provide a world of information that can be leveraged to enhance traffic
flow and safety,” explained Dr Gray. “It
will provide very detailed information on the speed and direction of connected
vehicles as well as detect the presence of pedestrians and cyclists through
their smartphones which can be relayed to vehicles and a central control room.”
“A V2X-enhanced SCATS system can also be applied for vehicle
prioritisation, whether it be to keep buses and freight moving to prevent
traffic congestion or to enhance access for emergency vehicles,” added Dr.
Gray. “The signal timing information can be
transmitted to connected cars to facilitate the more economic and
environmentally preferable ‘green wave’ driving style.”
Under the MOU, Cohda Wireless and ATC I BRAUMS will identify and explore business opportunities in an
atmosphere of close cooperation and collaboration.
ATC I BRAUMS Managing Director Mr. Andrew Bull said that exploring V2X opportunities in China is high on the
agenda of all parties.
ATC I BRAUMS has had recent success in China through an
initiative which involved the installation of more
than 1,500 ATC SCATS Traffic Signal Controllers, many of which have been
installed in Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Cohda Wireless established an office in Shanghai in February this year to
capitalise on China’s rapidly developing markets for Smart Cities and
China is a global leader in developing Smart City technology as its
national Government aims to encourage information-rich connected systems to
improve the liveability of its rapidly growing cities.