Siemens shows new Stratos modules and smart parking integration at ITS European Congress


Siemens is taking the opportunity to demonstrate the latest traffic management modules of its Stratos system at the ITS European Congress in Glasgow this week (June 6-9). The company is particularly keen to show the integration of its Intelligent Parking system into the Stratos platform.

Developed using the latest cloud-based technology, Stratos delivers scalable real-time traffic management, information and control, ranging from basic monitoring to strategic control of complex urban traffic environments. The system delivers a range of different application modules and will continue to expand to provide a complete solution for all traffic management, control and monitoring requirements. Stratos offers the complete package for strategic traffic management, journey-time monitoring, variable message signs, car park and disruptions management, with additional modules to collect environmental data, as well as automatically publish network information to the public.

Currently undergoing trials, the latest firmware release for the ST950 traffic controller and Stratos Outstation delivers enhanced fault-monitoring capability at the same time as UTC/SCOOT or MOVA control. The new Stratos Traffic Signals module adds support for the Stratos Outstation monitoring, with direct secure IP connections to the Outstation or ST950. Combined with support for existing UTC/SCOOT and RMS systems, the Traffic Signals module brings an all-new, easy to use, unified experience, allowing the user to view all the systems together. New firmware and configuration data may be downloaded from the Stratos system, removing the need for costly site visits, however, safety critical configuration changes will require an engineer to be on site.

The company’s Intelligent Parking system uses sensors fitted to detect individual parking bay or car park occupancy. The data is transmitted to the Stratos traffic management system via IP connectivity using the Access Point, with the data generated being used for applications that range from real-time driver information, to linking data to payment or enforcement services. By introducing a system where parking features are intertwined with traffic management, functionality is augmented so that it provides cities with a demand-responsive environment, where automatic triggers can be created based on sensor inputs. In turn, the data produced also gives valuable statistics that can help city planning, allowing strategies to be shaped that can increase revenue, improve customer satisfaction and increase compliance in an iterative and dynamic manner.

Siemens product manager, Priscilla Boyd, will present, ‘Intelligent parking – Where ITS and smart cities unite’ today (June 9), which explores the integration of intelligent parking bay sensing technologies with traffic management systems. Boyd explained, “Our Intelligent Parking system provides integration of traffic and parking solutions, adopting parking bay sensors to provide cities with a demand-responsive system, where the data produced gives valuable statistics to help city planning, allowing strategies to be shaped in order to increase revenue, and improve customer satisfaction and compliance, in an iterative and dynamic manner.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).