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Siemens WiMag sensors used in Slough

New traffic intersections across seven key sites in and around Slough in Berkshire, have been equipped with over 150 wireless magnetometer sensors by Siemens. The company’s new WiMag equipment will help improve the management of traffic using the A4 and travelling to and from the town center as part of the £400m (US$610m) ‘Heart of Slough’ improvement project. Used in conjunction with the company’s proven loop and radar detection systems, the 162 WiMag sensors provide the project with an alternative traffic detection system that uses magnetic disturbances to detect vehicles and low power wireless technology to transmit data to host controllers. . Led by Slough Borough Council and part funded by the UK’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the project also included upgrades to the existing road and public transport infrastructure to ease journeys, improve safety and create an attractive gateway to the town.

Completed within 12 months, the major road network improvements included removing a major roundabout and creating a new four-way junction controlled by traffic signals to improve traffic flow and installing new improved road level pedestrian crossings. As a result, traffic congestion in the town centre has reduced to below modelled levels for the scheme and bus priority has been included without delaying other road users. According to Keith Manston, head of product management at Siemens, the WiMag system offers a cost effective detection system for stopline, vehicle actuation, SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimization Technique) and MOVA (Microprocessor Optimized Vehicle Actuation) applications. Manston explained, “Using a battery-powered wireless magnetometer sensor which lies beneath the surface of the road, the WiMag system utilises disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field to detect passing and stationary vehicles, and relays the information to the traffic controller without the need for expensive cabling or duct works.”

February 22, 2013

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