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Siemens Mobility Limited
Intelligent Traffic Systems

Latest News | January 2021

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Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021. As we continue to live and work in challenging times, I would like to thank you for your support throughout 2020. I'm really proud of everything we collectively achieved during 2020 - working together to maintain and modernise our roads and traffic infrastructure and improve safety for millions of road users. We achieved a great deal and I look forward to working with you all in 2021. Together we can continue to make a real difference to our industry and society.

As we continue to operate in uncertain times, please be assured that we will continue to provide the support you require to keep your critical transport and traffic management infrastructure operational. As most of you will know, we have adjusted our working practices to ensure the safety of our employees and reduce any risk to you and members of the public through exposure to the virus. We adapt our working methods as the situation evolves and at present, all employees who can work from home are doing so, with only key manufacturing support and operational staff performing duties at their usual place of work or on-street, unless unsafe to do so. Please do not hesitate to speak to your Siemens Mobility Limited contacts if you have any specific questions.

I hope you and your families remain safe and well, and on behalf of the entire team, we look forward to meeting with you in person again in the not too distant future.

Wilke Reints, Managing Director

First TASCAR SafeZone systems installed
Our SafeZone system is at the heart of two projects that we have delivered with WJ Group, our companies working in partnership to provide temporary automatic speed camera at road works (TASCAR) systems.

The partnership brings together WJ's contracting experience, resources and reputation for exceptional service delivery with our intelligent highway infrastructure solutions. With advanced image control and dual layer optical character recognition capabilities, our Sicore II ANPR cameras are perfectly suited to TASCAR enforcement solutions, delivering HOTA approved, industry-leading image quality and number plate read accuracy.

Both of these recent installations are on the Highways England's strategic network, with the first for Avon and Somerset Police, at Junction 23 of the M5 in Somerset and the second, for Hampshire Police, on the A27 in Hampshire. As well as supplying the scheme infrastructure, we also supported WJ with the installation work, site validations and baselining.
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New Journey Time as a Service solution
Our new journey time monitoring system, launched in partnership with location data specialist HERE, provides a Journey Time as a Service (JTaaS) solution that delivers accurate and reliable journey time information, without the need for additional on-street hardware.

The system uses 'floating' vehicle data (time-stamped GPS location and speed data) direct from moving vehicles to provide accurate journey times and is a cost-effective alternative to traditional systems (such as fixed ANPR cameras installed at multiple locations).

Our Stratos Network Performance module draws data from the HERE JTaaS system to provide real time journey times for pre-defined 'Links' (start and end points on a map that are to be monitored). This information can then be used to trigger interventions to ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible, trigger Variable Message Sign displays, or to create user notifications (alerts) against pre-defined criteria.
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Plus+ projects deliver savings in Scotland
We recently completed two further installations of our new Plus+ traffic control solution in Scotland. At Burnside in South Lanarkshire, an existing 'double T' junction controlled by 13 traffic signals has been upgraded to the new Plus+ system with the scheme requiring less than half the cabling that would have been needed with a traditional solution.

In Dundee, our installation team also commissioned a new Plus+ system at the Seagate / Trades Lane crossroads, with cable savings of a third being realised for this 10 traffic signal renewal and upgrade scheme.

Representing a real step change in the way traffic signals are installed, these projects are great examples of the benefits Plus+ can deliver. The solution provides cable savings of up to 50% and considerably shorter installation times, all of which translates into significant cost, time and safety benefits.
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Hydrogen van joins our field services fleet
In December, we launched our first dual-fuel field services van in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, introducing hydrogen to our road vehicle fleet.

Fitted with a green hydrogen fuel tank for use in combination with conventional diesel fuel, the van can achieve about 160-180 miles per gallon in dual-fuel only operation available as a back-up. It takes less than 10 minutes to refuel with hydrogen.

The van, which on average travels 1,000 miles per month around Aberdeen, will be used by our traffic signal maintenance teams to carry out routine installation and service works. If the trial is successful, we will look to introduce the same technology to new additions to our fleet in Aberdeen.
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Pedestrian crossing installed at local school
In October, we were contacted by The Sheiling School in Ringwood, Dorset to ask if we could help build a pedestrian crossing on the school campus. The project was designed to help the school's special educational needs students become more confident in crossing the road safely at a pedestrian crossing. We were delighted to help. This was a great project to be a part of and some of the team members were honoured to attend the official opening of the crossing and meet the school's staff and pupils.
Achieving the HERS Gold Standard
We are delighted to have achieved the Highway Electrical Registration Scheme (HERS) Gold Standard, one of only 11 companies to have achieved this level and the only ITS company to do so.

All organisations operating within the highway electrical sector must be registered to HERS, with the Gold Standard awarded to those companies that consistently meet high standards of quality and safety.

With best regards

Your Siemens Mobility Team