As an addition to our ever-expanding continuing education offerings to our members, ITS Ireland will deliver a number of site visit opportunities to transport-related facilities throughout the State during 2015 and beyond. Dublin City Council (DCC) hosted the first of these when it welcomed in excess of thirty members of ITS Ireland to experience its award winning Traffic Control Room and Incident Management Centre.
Located in the Civic Offices on Wood Quay, the DCC Traffic Control Room boasts a plethora of intelligent transport systems which Dermot Kinane (ITS Officer) and Andrew Harris (Traffic Control Room Supervisor) showcased to the ITS Ireland audience (Figure 1).
Upgraded in 2013, the DCC Traffic Control Room is a multi agency regional control centre managing over 800 sets of traffic signals in the DCC area and via its SCATS system also provides regional centralised traffic control functions in neighbouring Local Authorities. Operating 24/7/365 the staff of the traffic control room use many ITS applications to manage the movement of people and goods throughout the region. During peak times (07:00-10:00 & 16:00-19:00) the staff is complemented by a team from a dedicated radio station (103.2 Dublin City FM) who broadcast live detailed traffic information to a loyal listenership in excess of 70,000. During peak times AA Roadwatch provides information garnered from the control room to an even larger audience who tune in to main stream radio stations. For major incidents and events the facilities are increasingly being used as an incident response and management centre where DCC divisions, An Garda Siochana, public transport representatives, Dublin Fire Brigade, and Civil Defence can meet and use its extensive facilities to coordinate and manage responses to various types of incidents (Figure 2).
Incident Management Centre
Participants found the tour informative, were fascinated by the technology in place, and had many questions to ask. If you missed out on this tour, don’t worry too much as ITS Ireland will be offering similar site visits in the not-too-distant future. Stay tuned to the website (www.itsireland.ie) and look out for our mail-shots for more information.
ITS Ireland would like to thank DCC for opening up this facility for the day so that our members could experience ITS in action on a city-wide scale.