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Siemens lands $150m Florida traffic management deal

  • June 23, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Siemens Mobility has been awarded a $150m contract by Miami-Dade County, Florida, to provide an advanced traffic management system (ATMS) that will upgrade 2900 intersections and traffic corridors with intelligent hardware and software.
 
All intersection technology will be connected to an integrated traffic management platform that will perform intelligent analytics, implement strategic measures and optimise travel times across the county.
 
 
This system will dynamically change traffic patterns in real time at traffic lights linking a network of roadway corridors to provide for the better movement of traffic based on actual traffic demand. Data will be collected in real time from a wide array of sources at intersections and roadway zones and corridors, which will then optimise the signal timings at each intersection in a network.
 
This will create an integrated system designed to counteract impending critical situations quickly and efficiently, as well as unpredictable traffic overloads and congestion.
 
“We are proud to have been chosen to provide this vital traffic improvement project for Miami-Dade County and look forward to implementing an intelligent system that optimises and integrates traffic operations throughout the county,” said Marcus Welz, CEO of Siemens Mobility in North America. “Our proven technology will ease congestion, reduce carbon emissions and enhance quality of life by allowing Miami-Dade residents to spend 15% less time sitting in traffic.”
 
Siemens will be deploying its ATMS and adaptive traffic control technology. The Sitraffic Concert platform supervises and coordinates the functionality of the ATMS and it will work directly with the adaptive traffic control system called Scoot (split cycle and offset optimisation technique), a dynamic, on-line, real-time method of signal control that continuously measures traffic demand on all approaches to intersections.
 
The fusion of data between the systems will enable a more robust traffic control network. Specifically, traffic data such as vehicle counts and travel times collected by Scoot at the intersection will be used within Sitraffic Concert to make network-wide management decisions. This will allow for operational adjustments to be sent to Scoot for real-time implementation at the intersection, which will ensure public transit vehicles are kept on schedule and pedestrian safety is increased.
 
Intelligent traffic management systems significantly increase the ability of municipal authorities to act and allows them to coordinate traffic guidance measures for all modes of transportation. This includes accounting for planned or foreseeable situations such as major events or road works, as well as using targeted traffic guidance measures to mitigate unforeseen incidents such as accidents or acute hazards, and respond to them in a quick, efficient and coordinated manner.
 
The services and technologies Siemens Mobility plans to use in Miami-Dade have been used for traffic systems upgrade projects in over 300 cities, including recent ATMS projects in Seattle, Delaware, London and Bogota, Colombia.
 
Siemens Mobility plans to open a Miami-Dade operations facility and will partner with local small business subcontractors to help facilitate this work. The Miami-Dade project further expands the Siemens footprint in Florida, where there are already 5200 employees in the state, with nearly 300 working in Miami.