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NJMC to deploy adaptive signal control in Hackensack Meadowlands

22 May 2012

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) has selected TransCore to deploy Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (SCATS) in Hackensack Meadowlands District, New Jersey, US.

Under the $3m contract, TransCore will deploy SCATS at over 128 intersections present across 30 square miles of the district to upgrade, coordinate and support the fluctuating traffic patterns.

TransCore managing director for the north-east Bob Ball said the contract will be the largest deployment of SCATS in the north-east.

"Because the area crosses over different corridors with varying issues and objectives, SCATS flexibility and configurability allows for such an all-encompassing installation," Ball added.

Developed for Sydney Australia by the Roads and Transport Authority, the adaptive signal system SCATS operates according to traffic patterns to reduce congestion, travel time, fuel consumption and emissions.

SCATS also includes real-time, cycle-by-cycle 100% adaptive control capabilities, monitors up to 30 workstations simultaneously with eight varying access levels and operates throughout the year without manual intervention.

The technology, with real-time and historical detection monitoring and alarm features, is field-integrated with ethernet IP communications and includes city-wide, corridor and intersection graphical displays.

SCATS is also capable of identifying system malfunctions and abnormalities, as well as generating alarms for operators or maintenance personnel; automatically recording timing and detection information for 365 days for historical analysis and providing pre-emption and transit priority features.

NJMC will fund the contract under the Meadowlands Adaptive Signal System for Traffic Reduction (MASSTR) programme, which is funded by the Commission's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER II grant.

The four-phased MASSTR programme is expected to be completed by 31December 2013.