Q-Free to integrate signal processing and ATMS in Pennsylvania

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Norwegian company Q-Free, a leading global supplier of intelligent transportation systems (ITS), has been awarded a contract from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for an advanced traffic management system (ATMS) signal integration project.

The contract comprises the development of a traffic signal module that will enable MAXVIEW, the centralized intersection control software from Q-Free’s subsidiary Intelight, to be integrated with Open TMS, the advanced traffic management system from the company’s USA division, Q-Free Open Roads, that is currently used by PennDOT. The contract is valued at US$2.5m (Nkr20m) and will be released in phased deployments starting in the autumn of this year. Q-Free has been working with PennDOT since 2012, and the company has implemented a single statewide platform to promote coordinated traffic management and operations using its OpenTMS.

OpenTMS is Q-Free’s off-the-shelf, cloud-enabled ATMS, and is a platform-independent, extensible, management system built around an open, modular architecture. OpenTMS runs in a web browser and is designed to support the dynamic traffic management marketplace where configurability and customization is of primary concern as enterprise architectures, GIS and database technology, and ITS devices are continually evolving.

With the new traffic signal MAXVIEW module integration, PennDOT can add up to 10,000 intersections to the ATMS system, which will allow traffic operators to manage entire traffic networks in an integrated real-time environment.

“We are excited at the prospect of adding traffic signals integration to the already robust ATMS system operating at PennDOT,” commented Christopher Melton, managing director for Q-Free Open Roads. “We very much value PennDOT as a partner and appreciate their continued confidence in us as their go-to provider for everything related to ATMS.”

Håkon Volldal, president and CEO of Q-Free ASA, added, “This is pioneering work and a great example of how our leading solutions within different fields of traffic management can be combined and integrated in new ways to create additional value for customers.”

Q-Free has also been awarded two new contracts in Europe. The Directorate of Norwegian Customs has awarded the company a frame agreement for delivery of cameras, sensors and services for vehicle and license plate recognition (LPR) along the country’s border crossing points.

The frame agreement will also serve the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and the Norwegian police and lasts for two years, with options to prolong for two more years. The contract has no minimum guaranteed volume, but Q-Free estimates the value to be in the US$4.9- US$7.4m (NKr40- NKr 60m) range. Deliveries are expected to start in 2019.

Q-Free has also been announced as the preferred tenderer to deliver an upgrade of the tolling system at Storebæltsbroen (Great Belt Bridge) in Denmark. Due to public tender regulations, there is a period for submission of complaints, and formal contractual signing can only take place after this period.

The contract has a value of approximately US$8.6m (NKr70m) and comprises roadside and back office systems, as well as service and maintenance. The system delivery is planned to commence in 2018 and be finalized in 2019.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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