Upgrade of ITS in Spain’s South-west region
Spain’s General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has awarded a new project contract for the maintenance and operation of the ITS facilities on highways managed from the agency’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) of the Southwest, based in Seville. In addition to comprehensive maintenance, the new contract also includes the implementation of a level zero-layer that will optimize the management of mobility in the region.
The DGT has awarded the contract to the Spanish multinational systems integrator SICE, which has been providing this service since 2006, so the award is seen as a recognition of the work done by the company during the last 10 years.
SICE will provide preventive maintenance activities, repair services, operation, repair of damage caused by third parties, and improvements, including the upgrade of obsolete equipment and the addition of extra functionality to all equipment and systems that are used for regulating and controlling traffic flow and speed, including all communications equipment between roads, area communications nodes and the TMC in Seville.
The main change in SICE’s new maintenance contract is the implementation of a level zero-layer for centralized management of existing systems in the Southwest TMC, just as the company has done for the city of Madrid, with its SICTRAM application. The management of all equipment, subsystems and TMCs can be performed by this new operational layer, which the DGT hopes will optimize its management of mobility in the region. During the contract’s new maintenance period, SICE will provide a special service for the reversible lanes on the Centenario Bridge (SE-30 Seville) and Leon de Carranza Bridge (N-443, Cádiz), where due to the operational criticality of the two infrastructures, it is necessary to assign dedicated resources to maintenance and operation.
The contract covers the maintenance of all the equipment that the DGT has in Western Andalusia, in the provinces of Seville, Cadiz, Cordoba and Huelva, including: variable message signs (VMS), emergency response units (ERUs), CCTV cameras, speed sensors and enforcement systems, data collection stations, license plate readers (LPRs), weather stations, communications nodes, fiber optic network, electrical connections, TMCs, and the reversible lanes on the Centenario and Carranza bridges.
SICE has also been awarded a major street lighting contract in the San Bartolomé de Tirajana municipality on Gran Canaria, the largest of the Canary Islands. The project will provide improved safety and comfort on one of the most important access roads to the resort of Playa del Ingles. The work is part of the plan that island council’s Department of Public Works is taking to improve the conditions of the roads under its protection, and is an extension of the existing network of public lighting at the entrances / exits of the GC-1 highway, and its connection to the GC-500 arterial route to the tourist resort. It is one of the busiest roads on the archipelago, and the project includes the implementation of advanced lighting technology and LED luminaires to meet the department’s future energy efficiency improvements program for its roads.