Siemens Mobility Strikes Smart Traffic Deal With Miami-Dade


Juan Pedro Tomás

Siemens Mobility has been awarded a US$150 million contract by Miami-Dade County, Florida to provide an Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

Under this contract, Siemens Mobility will upgrade 2,900 intersections and traffic corridors with intelligent hardware and software technology. All intersection technology will be connected to an integrated traffic management platform that will perform intelligent analytics, implement strategic measures and optimize travel times across Miami-Dade.

This smart traffic system will change traffic patterns in real-time at traffic lights linking a network of roadway corridors to provide better movement of traffic based on actual traffic demand, Siemens Mobility said. Data will be collected in real-time from a wide array of new sources at intersections and roadway zones/corridors, which will then optimize the signal timings at each intersection in a network, the company added, saying that this will create an integrated system to counteract impending critical situations, as well as unpredictable traffic overloads and congestion.

“We are proud to have been chosen to provide this vital traffic improvement project for Miami-Dade County and look forward to implementing an intelligent system that optimizes and integrates traffic operations throughout the County,” said CEO of Siemens Mobility’s intelligent traffic systems for North America, Marcus Welz. “Our proven technology will ease congestion, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance quality of life by allowing Miami-Dade residents to spend 15% less time sitting in traffic.”

Siemens Mobility said it will be deploying its ATMS and adaptive traffic control technology. Siemens’ Sitraffic Concert platform supervises and coordinates the functionality of the ATMS system and it will work directly with the adaptive traffic control system called SCOOT (Split Cycle and Offset Optimization Technique), a real-time method of signal control that continuously measures traffic demand on all approaches to intersections.

The “fusion of data between the systems” will enable a more robust traffic control network, the company claimed. Specifically, traffic data (vehicle counts, travel times) collected by SCOOT at the intersection will be utilized within Sitraffic Concert to make network-wide management decisions. This will allow for operational adjustments to be sent to SCOOT for real-time implementation at the intersection, which will ensure public transit vehicles are kept on schedule and pedestrian safety is maximized.

The services and technologies Siemens Mobility plans to use in Miami-Dade have been used for traffic systems upgrade projects in over 300 cities, including recent ATMS projects in Seattle, Delaware, London and Bogota.

Siemens Mobility plans to open a Miami-Dade operations facility and will partner with local small business subcontractors to help facilitate this work.

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