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What is - ITS?

Ever wondered what Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are?

Despite sounding like a futuristic mode of transport, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are actually technologies and systems associated with the management, operation and use of a broad range of transport modes and their inter-relationship with other infrastructure.

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Technology and Active Travel

How can ITS help to support greater uptake of active modes of transport?

There has been for some years, a realisation that the way in which the finite capacity is apportioned in our busy urban streets will need to be reviewed to cope with the ever-increasing demands put on them. As a result, we have seen our streetscape gradually evolving to benefit the increasing number of members of the public who are using active transport modes, such as walking and cycling.

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Motorway Evolution

How will technology contribute to changes on our motorways?

In preparation for the COP26 - Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, this article explores how Intelligent Transport Systems may contribute to the evolution of our motorways over the coming decades.

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Ethics and Privacy

Will Concerns About Data Hinder Progress With Future ITS Systems Deployments?

How will the digital footprint that follows users across transport modes be protected to respect their privacy and ensure that they are not disadvantaged due to prejudice or commercial interest?

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Traffic Technology and Smart Cities

How Can Traffic Management Systems Contribute To The Development Of Smart Cities?

So, what is a Smart City? A Smart City is an urban environment where infrastructure and services are interlinked using technology to improve the quality of life by enhancing their operation. For stakeholders, this interconnectivity provides a pathway to improve their services, whilst also accruing cost benefits by using shared infrastructure and data streams.

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Introduction to Roadside Technology

An Overview Of Major Technologies Used To Control And Manage The Highway Network

Technologies have been used for many years to passively monitor activity on the highway, however over the years additional features have been added to assist in actively managing traffic, these range from informing users about current conditions, so that they can make their own decisions, such as automatically warning drivers of incidents using roadside variable message signs, through to compelling users to modify their driving, such as by implementing variable speed limits or by using enforcement cameras etc.

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History of Traffic Signals

Did You Realise Traffic Signals Pre-Date Motorised Vehicles?

A lot of people are surprised to find out that the history of traffic signalisation pre-dates the advent of motorised vehicles with the first installation in London dating from 1868

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