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“Highways Agency staff can make decisions within seconds and that will make a big difference to how the road network is managed.”

The Highways Agency is currently procuring a CCTV System which will allow Regional Traffic Control Centres to manage England’s trunk network more effectively and efficiently. The system includes instation software which enables Highways Agency operators to view and control cameras connected to the CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) network across the country. One of the teams providing this system to the Highways Agency comprises Simulation Systems Ltd, Mapsolute and Ordnance Survey.

The Regional Traffic Control Centre Initiative combines the best new technologies and skills available from the public and private sectors, creating a new opportunity to provide core services, including traffic monitoring and control, driver information, emergency roadside telephone handling and network performance monitoring.

Commenting, Barnaby Kent of Simulations Systems, said: “By having a comprehensive and detailed overview of the road network, the Highways Agency’s controllers will be in a much better position to assist in managing the traffic more effectively in the event of sudden changes in road traffic conditions or as part of a controlled process, such as strategic traffic management during busy periods.

”By having a better appreciation of traffic conditions and patterns, the Agency will also be in a better position to plan ahead, building up its knowledge of the road network in a way that wasn’t previously possible.”

The mapping component of the software development is provided by Mapsolute, specialists in mapping technologies. For this project, Mapsolute, which also owns and runs the dynamic Internet portal, www.map24.com, provides a Graphical User Interface for users to navigate around a map of the country, selecting different cameras to view and control. Simulation Systems Ltd is integrating a Mapsolute product into their software to provide this mapping functionality.

Chris Wallett, UK Managing Director of Mapsolute, said: “This is a great example of technologies coming together to make a very tangible and positive difference to the delivery of public services. As well as making roads safer, it’s crucial to the economy to ensure that the country’s roads are as free-flowing as possible. By literally keeping an eye on the traffic from their computers, Highways Agency staff can make decisions within seconds and that will make a big difference to how the road network is managed.”

Paula Langford-Smith, Ordnance Survey’s Marketing Manager, said “Mapping isn’t simply about finding your way from A to B. This type of application developed by our Partner Mapsolute shows how Ordnance Survey data underpins many applications saving time and money, as well as improving safety.”

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Glen Goldsmith
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For further information about Mapsolute and Map24.com, please contact:

Chris Wallett
Mapsolute Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)20 7849 3356
Email: chris.wallett@mapsolute.co.uk

About Mapsolute and Map24

Mapsolute (www.mapsolute.com) is a leading developer of online mapping and geographical software. The company’s headquarters are in Frankfurt, Germany, and Mapsolute also has offices in the UK, the US and Finland. Mapsolute has five million unique users a month to the Internet portal www.map24.com, the specialist for mapping, directions and local search. More than 1.5 million routes are calculated daily. Map24 is marketed by partners in 14 countries worldwide. Customers of Map24 in the UK include RAC, VirginMedia, Lenovo and Renault. MapTP, Mapsolute’s award-winning mapping technology which underlies Map24, has been integrated into many of the popular fleet management systems, tracking products, traffic information applications and online mobile devices.

About Simulation Systems
Simulation Systems 01934 838803
www.simulation-systems.co.uk

About Ordance Survey
www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite

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