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UK local authorities aim to ease congestion with integrated as-a-service solution

Siemens Mobility has integrated Here Technologies’ data-based tool into its journey time-as-a-service (JTaaS) solution for the UK market, enabling customers to monitor journey times.

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The integration seeks to help transport networks operate more efficiently
The integration seeks to help transport networks operate more efficiently

Siemens Mobility is integrating Here Technologies’ corridor travel time API into its journey time-as-a-service (JTaaS) solution for the UK market, which has already been adopted by several UK local authorities.

 

The location technology specialist’s API enables Siemens Mobility to offer customers the option to monitor journey times without the need for additional on-street hardware such as cameras with Bluetooth and wi-fi sensors.

 

Monitoring journey times

 

The integrated solution, which the companies claim is easy to set up and fast to deploy, based on a subscription model, is being used by Bedford Borough, Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, Hampshire County, and Warrington Borough Councils.

 

It can help the councils to tackle congestion which, according to Here, sees Britons wasting an annual average of 115 hours in traffic.

 

“Congestion and the pollution it causes is one of the challenges Warrington Borough Council has committed to tackle,” said Simon Lawrenson, Warrington Borough Council. “To complement our existing journey time monitoring solution, the new (JTaaS) solution from Siemens Mobility and Here Technologies provides us with the key insights we need to better manage our traffic flow.

 

“The solution was quickly implemented, and the savings made in installation costs can be redirected to undertake projects that will help improve traffic flow across Warrington.”

“Congestion and the pollution it causes is one of the challenges Warrington Borough Council has committed to tackle”

Wilke Reints, managing director, intelligent traffic systems for Siemens Mobility, explained that the company had been looking for a data-driven solution to complement hardware-based traffic monitoring. “We are now pleased to be in a position to offer UK local authorities and transport bodies an accurate data driven solution which is both fast to deploy and cost-effective – and that is key for operating transport networks more efficiently.”

 

Eduard van Mierlo, head of strategic alliances EMEAR at Here Technologies, added: “We are proud to be the key data partner for Siemens Mobility and many public authorities across the UK. Together, we are making traffic management easier with goal to improve the quality of life of British citizens, be it by reducing the time they have to spend in traffic, or the pollution caused by congestion.”

 

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