Oxfordshire-based Clearview Intelligence has been awarded two new contracts by Transport for London (TfL) to work on the supply and maintenance of Automatic Traffic and Cycle Counting equipment across the UK capital’s road network.
TfL is responsible for managing traffic control infrastructure on behalf of all 32 London boroughs, as well as Highways England (HE), Royal Parks and The Corporation of London. Within TfL, the Outcomes, Insight and Analysis team delivers engineering solutions through pioneering modelling techniques, providing constant improvements to London’s road network. In order to facilitate this work, the team require real-time information on the volume, flow and type of traffic on the roads across the city. Reliable and accurate monitoring equipment supplying this data is central to this need. With over 40 years’ experience, Clearview will be able to proactively manage the device network to maximize uninterrupted data delivery. These contracts have been awarded on an initial two-year basis, with the option for TfL to extend for up to an additional 24 months.
The contract not only covers regular scheduled maintenance of existing equipment, but also the supply of any new or replacement equipment when required across the 304 automatic counter sites (ATC) and the 170 automatic cycle counter (ACC) locations. Clearview has been supplying and maintaining ATC and ACC equipment for TfL since 2012. The company’s main counting products are the M680 and M720 units.
The M680 is the latest generation of traffic count/classification device based on inductive loop technology. From monitoring of single lane traffic through to eight lane motorways with both piezo sensors and inductive loops, the M680 captures vehicle count, as well as vehicle by vehicle (VbV) data including class, direction, gap, speed, length, axle count, axle separation and headway. The M680 can collect data on each vehicle for real-time delivery over cellular-based GPRS (general packet radio service) communications, and can detect and classify a wide range of vehicle types from bicycles through to articulated lorries.
The big sister product to the M680, the M720 vehicle count/classifier shares the same architecture and design philosophy, but is housed in a standard 19in (48cm) rack mountable enclosure that slots into most roadside cabinets. Using the tried and tested high performance inductive loop technology, the M720 delivers a comprehensive range of highly accurate information. The M720 provides Ethernet-based TCP/IP communications as standard, allowing robust, reliable and fast communication of data and configuration to and from the unit. This ensures that operators can retrieve the vast amounts of data available quickly and reliably to support and inform instant decision making. An internal GPRS/GSM modem and serial card are also available as options.
Commenting on the contract wins, Nick Lanigan, managing director of Clearview Intelligence, said, “Winning these kind of prestigious and important contracts shows the full range of capabilities that we have to offer to leading edge city operations and planning teams. The unparalleled support delivered through our operations team gives our clients the confidence that their traffic monitoring will always be accurate and up-to-date.”