Birmingham City Council in UK along with its city highways maintenance service partner Amey has selected Siemens to upgrade the existing Urban Traffic Control (UTC) system to the new PC Split Cycle Offset Optimization Technique( SCOOT) UTC system.

The upgrade programme will be carried out as a part of Amey’s urban traffic management and control (UTMC) project, according to Traffic Technology Today.

The PC SCOOT system will be installed at over 300 locations in the city to provide adaptive traffic control.

Siemens will replace the current analogue data transmission system with new UG405 data transmission units, install them and arrange in accordance with the new internet protocol (IP) communications network.

The UG405 data transmission outstations will be installed as wireless communications unit at the old and new traffic signals, CCTV locations and traffic signs.

The UTMC Outstation Transmission Units (OTUs) and other in-station parts are aimed to improve the network management and make communication options flexible via sharing the current IP communications infrastructure or by using low-cost IP communication links.

Other advantages of the system are four fully integrated MOVA 6 streams that can be activated from the UTC in-station and a user-friendly net-based interface that allows easy access to all the OUT features.

Siemens, under the contract, will also manage and maintain OTUs, variable message sings, traffic signals, warning signs and car park guidance sings.

The company will also regularly inspect, test, repair and perform preventive measures to avoid damages.