Atkins and Inrix team for transport data revolution

Agreement means Atkins’ engineers and project managers will have access to real-time traffic information across five million miles of road

Millions of miles of road data will help to improve master-planning
Millions of miles of road data will help to improve master-planning

Design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins has entered a global partnership agreement with connected car services and transportation analytics firm, Inrix.


“Atkins recognises there is a growing need for tools to identify trends when planning, monitoring, assessing and communicating the performance of transportation networks,” said Scott Sedlik, general manager, global public sector, Inrix.


“This partnership enables Atkins’ project teams to carry out ground-breaking analysis that will not only improve urban mobility but also help drive cost efficiencies for their clients.”


This agreement means Atkins’ engineers and project managers will have access to Inrix XD Traffic, which delivers accurate real-time traffic information across five million miles (eight million kilometres) of road in over 47 countries.


Additionally, Roadway Analytics offers access to in-depth roadway performance analysis and visualisations; and Trips, which provides accurate insights to better understand the movement of people and the journeys they take.


All of this will help improve master planning, influence the design phase of transport modelling and meet the demands of new intelligent mobility opportunities.


With predicted global infrastructure investment set to reach $3.3 trillion annually across transportation, power, water, and telecommunications systems, the need for using insight derived from a variety of data sources is critical for creating smart and future proofed cities.


“From new smart highways enabling connected and autonomous vehicles, to designing the latest masterplans – we are now able to provide a hybrid of our people’s expertise combined with the rich data insights from Inrix,” added Lee Woodcock, global product director for intelligent mobility, Atkins.


“By fusing the two together, we provide a globally progressive offering into the intelligent mobility and infrastructure sector.”


Atkins has already been applying Inrix data on several projects:

  • In the UK, its real-time traffic flow data is being used to provide improved insight on travel times for large infrastructure projects
  • In Colorado, North America, data has been providing insight into the need for operational improvements on state highways, understanding how to relieve traffic congestion and prioritise the implementation of traffic control technology
  • Also in Colorado, on the US Highway 85 (US 85), data is being used to measure before and after travel times
  • Data is supporting Atkins to evaluate existing traffic conditions in several planning and environmental linkage (PEL) studies in Colorado.


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