Last 30th July, the traffic general director, Ms. María Seguí, opened the new traffic management centre ‘Pirineos-Valle del Ebro’ at the business park expo Zaragoza, the most modern of the statewide network, capable of controlling more than 2,685km, and 2,000 cameras across the country.
SICE has accomplished the design, construction, adequacy, and the move from the old traffic management centre (CGT), as part of the project ‘Maintenance and operation service of the installations for regulation and traffic control on the roads dependent of the traffic management centre’ ‘Pirineos – Valle del Ebro.’
These facilities will manage, 24 hours every day of the year, the incidents of the roads network in Aragon, La Rioja and Navarra, its cutting edge technology facilitates the surveillance, if needed, of all main roads of the country, up to now this only could be done in Madrid.
The new centre counts with the most advanced technology for surveillance, control and communications with road equipments (TV cameras, variable message signs, data collection stations, speed enforcement, weather stations and checkpoints for travel times calculation).
It has six independent operator stations. Each one has an integrated display system through a unique screen which can be configured with different scenarios, like a single video wall from which the operator controls the cameras located along the different roads. This system represents an important innovation for DGT Control Centers since increases in the operational capacity of the station. All positions have the support of a main videowall, with 32 overhead-projectors of 50-inches LED technology.
In the control centre there are also offices, meeting rooms, and an engineering room, all designed to improve roads control and safety.
The CGT is the unit responsible for traffic monitoring and control, and information and assistance to road users. The CGT receives all data and information generated on the Road allowing traffic management and information to users through the appropriate technics and proceedings.
The CGT carries out all required tasks to achieve the four main objectives:
- Road accidents reduction
- Management and control of interurban traffic
- To provide traffic real time information to users
- To promote research and studies related to traffic safety, and the telematics applications for traffic.
The DGT (Dirección General de Tráfico) has at present another six CGT’s, located in Madrid, Valencia, Málaga, Sevilla, Valladolid, and La Coruña.