Siemens opens Ann Arbor, Michigan, center of excellence

Siemens opens Ann Arbor, Michigan, center of excellence

Smart traffic management systems being displayed in developing hub for autonomous driving.

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December 15, 2015

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Siemens has chosen Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the company’s first Center of Excellence for Intelligent Traffic Technology.

Understanding the impact integrating intelligent software and hardware can have on significantly improving a city’s transportation system, Siemens will provide Ann Arbor with its latest hardware and software technology to help expand the city’s smart traffic system infrastructure.

Ann Arbor will be among the country’s first real-world implementations of this intelligent traffic technology, and the partnership will allow the city to continue to modernize and enhance its transportation systems through improved intelligence. The new technologies and partnership will allow Siemens and the city to gather new real-world data and insight into the impact of intelligent traffic technologies on congestion and safety.

Ann Arbor is becoming a hub of intelligent mobility technology with the University of Michigan recently opening a massive test facility for autonomous vehicles.

Siemens’ technology and updates to Ann Arbor’s existing traffic systems will help improve the commute, game day, and travel experience. These systems will allow Ann Arbor to respond and adapt more quickly and intelligently, in real-time, to improve traffic flow and safety. The technologies that will be part of the Center of Excellence include:

  • Siemens TACTICS smartGuard: Cloud-based traffic management software allows cities to monitor, view, and respond to changing traffic conditions in real-time from any internet-enabled device. Operators can respond to changing traffic conditions and change patterns in an instant, reducing congestion and increasing safety.
  • SEPAC Local Controller Software: Communicates between the controller and the central system, as well as between the controller and mobile devices including smart phones and vehicles.
  • Upgrade to Split, Cycle and Offset Optimization Technique (SCOOT) system: SCOOT is an adaptive traffic control system that automatically adjusts signal timing to optimize traffic flow.

“Ann Arbor is a city of 115,000 residents, 70,000 students, and thousands of visitors and that put considerable stress on a transportation system so the need to move traffic in and out of the city efficiently is crucial not only for economic and environmental impacts, but for quality of life for Ann Arbor residents,” says Marcus Welz, president of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems. “The city’s ability and willingness to leverage technology to improve traffic and quality of life for their residents and guests, our long-standing 10-year technology partnership, and the existing culture of research through the university and local business make Ann Arbor an ideal partner of choice for a Siemens Intelligent Traffic Center of Excellence.”

Siemens will work in conjunction with local distributor Carrier & Gable to implement the technology and showcase the systems at their local Ann Arbor office. Siemens will also offer software support to keep Ann Arbor up-to-date with the latest versions of its technologies.

The Center of Excellence expands Siemens over 10-year technology partnership with Ann Arbor of providing intelligent traffic management software and hardware to provide insight into the city-wide system and help mitigate congestion for hundreds of thousands of drivers.

Source: Siemens Mobility