Indra deploys Horus platform for four tunnels on major Colombian highway


One of the world’s leading transportation consulting and technology companies, Indra, has successfully implemented its management platform on four tunnels along the Bogotá-Villavicencio highway, one of Colombia’s busiest roads.

The new Herradura, Moscosio, Culebra and Oro Perdido tunnels will be controlled by the widely-used Horus traffic and tunnel management platform, an Indra proprietary product that facilitates operation, automates processes, reduces the risk of incidents, and streamlines management, while providing drivers with the highest levels of safety and quality of service.

The system already controls the Renacer tunnel, which was inaugurated in 2016 and is the fourth longest in Latin America, and 10 other tunnels opened in 2015 between Puente Quetame and Naranjal, which means that Indra’s platform is now responsible for the management of 15 tunnels on this major highway.

The Spanish systems integrator has worked alongside the road operator Concesionaria Vial de los Andes (Coviandes) on what is one of the most advanced infrastructure projects in Latin America, as it complies with the most stringent international quality and safety standards. As Coviandes’s technology partner on the Bogotá-Villavicencio highway project, Indra will be responsible for installing intelligent traffic, control and communication systems for 18 tunnels and 47 bridges carrying more than 10,000 vehicles a day.

Indra’s Horus comprehensive traffic and tunnel management platform is considered to be one of the world’s most advanced systems of its kind. Horus enables the comprehensive and integrated management of the various intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and safety systems installed in a tunnel and offers the capacity for automated incident detection (AID) and management.

It provides the operator with real-time information and an overview of everything that is happening in the tunnel, optimizing decision-making in both everyday and emergency situations. Horus is also capable of centrally managing several tunnels via a single interface, and on the Bogotá-Villavicencio highway, the platform is responsible for overseeing 15 tunnels.

Horus is equipped with an AID system, which integrates information from cameras and sensors installed along the entire section of the highway and automatically sends alerts to the control center, also supplied by Indra. The system also takes information from video surveillance, fire detection and meteorological equipment, as well as air quality measurement systems and CO? sensors, to provide complete environmental control of the tunnels. Horus also controls the power, lighting and emergency vehicle communications systems, and provides drivers with real-time information about conditions on the highway via variable message signs (VMS).

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