Unique traffic management systems, designed on spec
Throughout our society, we use increasingly complex systems to process growing volumes of data to make our lives easier. One of these areas is traffic management. Designers of traffic management systems have to take many factors into account, from safety, flow and environmental impact to rising numbers of road users. Creating systems that can manage all this data requires a multidisciplinary approach and the ability to think outside the box. At Dynniq, our streamlined design development lifecycle brings together our knowledge of traffic engineering, communication networks and data analytics to create bespoke systems that meet our customers’ diverse requirements.
Understanding the mobility market
In traffic management, the number one challenge is to keep traffic flowing and on schedule. On top of this, traffic authorities are increasingly looking for solutions that help reduce emissions for better air quality and greener journeys. As one of the leading suppliers in the UK mobility market, we understand these requirements and how they need to translate into systems and software for national and local transport authorities and major civils contractors. Some systems we developed and implemented include The Highways England Traffic Management System (HATMS), which provides major efficiency improvements and cost savings for Highways England, and UTC/UTMC systems such as Dynniq TMS, a powerful collection of tools, which supports a mixed approach to signal control through an adaptive traffic control algorithm.
Cutting down on time and costs with tried and tested systems
Reinventing the wheel for every project takes time and costs money. Since many traffic requirements are similar, systems we have previously designed can often be repurposed and adapted to new applications. For example, in Glasgow we combined two of our computer control systems to form BIAS (Bus Information and Signalling System), which prioritises public transport, making bus services more reliable and cutting down on emissions. Not having to start from scratch leads to significant time and cost savings, with the added benefit of better certainty of outcome as the system has already been tried and tested.
Clear approach, rigorous testing, fast delivery
‘Keeping things flowing’ doesn’t just apply to traffic. We keep this same principle in mind for our system design process. For each project, our multidisciplinary team chooses the most suitable method – either a waterfall approach or an agile approach. The first is a sequential design process in which the project is divided into distinct phases. These are developed in parallel and then brought together at the end. The agile approach is based on an incremental, iterative process with more flexibility to incorporate changes at the various stages.
In both cases, the first step is requirement analysis and capture, so we can understand exactly what specifications the end product must meet. Then, each design project is headed up by a technical lead, who is in charge of creating a technical vision and turning it into reality with the help of a team. Breaking down the design for the system into various subcomponents ensures a clear, straightforward approach. Combined with rigorous testing, this results in a system tailored to the customer’s specifications and ready to be installed.