Galway City Council to Introduce the UTOPIA

The Elmore Group, working with Swarco Traffic Ltd, has been awarded a contract to provide an Urban Traffic Control (UTC) system for the City of Galway.  The scope of works includes the supply, installation, and commissioning of SPOT (System for Priority and Optimisation of Traffic) controllers at 27 junctions on critical traffic corridors in the city, and the provision of a central OMNIA system, incorporating the UTOPIA (Urban Traffic Optimisation by Integrated Automation) traffic control algorithm.

The central OMNIA platform is a high-level framework providing user-friendly access to all the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) applications in a city or region. It allows existing and new ITS applications to carry on their control and management function, and interact with the central operator through OMNIA.

The UTOPIA Urban Traffic Control System offers a wide range of strategies designed to suit any road network. In the fully adaptive mode, it constantly monitors and forecasts the traffic status and optimises the control strategy according to flow efficiency and/or environmental criteria. This gives high performance even with unpredictable traffic conditions. The system can assign weighted, selective or absolute priority to specific vehicles (e.g. buses running behind schedule) without penalising other traffic.

Galwayhas experienced problems with traffic congestion on key corridors in the City in the past. By commissioning this state of the art system,   Galway City Council is investing in a platform for future expansion, and as part of the project, the Elmore Group will deliver system interfaces for CCTV, VMS, environmental monitoring, and fault management amongst other peripherals, providing a truly integrated open architecture ITS System.

The system is scheduled to be complete in 6 months, but aims to deliver early benefits from implementing actuated control at key intersections early in 2012.

The Elmore Group, established in 1965, are a leading traffic systems provider inIrelandwith staff based inDublin,TipperaryandGalway. The Elmore Group specialise in traffic and transportation management, offering turnkey solutions in the areas such as; Public Lighting, Traffic Control and Management, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Pay & Display Parking and Access Control.

For more information, contact – Frank Murphy of Elmore Group or email