MVIS/Bartco UK | Emissions-Busting ITS Solution Tackles Air Pollution on UK Roads
Pollution levels tend to be at their highest during the summer and winter months, when the “fresh” winds of spring and autumn give way and extreme hot and cold spells exacerbate the build-up of pollutants.
During these seasons, traffic management organisations need to pay particular attention to measures that can be taken to minimise the level of vehicular emissions.
This is a considerable challenge, especially for those dealing with the high volumes of slow-moving traffic associated with heavy road works or the large festivals that have come to characterise the UK summer time.
In association with Highway Resource Solutions (HRS), Bartco UK has developed the UK’s first solution combining variable message signs (VMS) and contactless sensor technology in order to help reduce emissions.
Available for purchase from Bartco UK or for hire from Mobile Visual Information Systems (MVIS), Auto Detect combines VMS with contactless sensor technology.
A Master Traffic Management Unit (TMU) takes a trigger from an external device, such as the red light on a traffic light signal, and in turn, activates a message on any number of Intellicone enabled VMS via the GPRS network.
Messages may be configured to advise drivers to switch off their engines to reduce emissions, to indicate the amount of time they can expect to remain stationary and even alert them to key facts about air pollution generated on UK roads.
Said MVIS and Bartco UK managing director, Pat Musgrave: “With London reaching its annual limit for air pollution by 5th January 2017, there is clearly an enormous need for intelligent transport system (ITS) solutions designed to encourage drivers to do all they can to lower their emissions.
“Auto Detect has recently been successfully applied during a major air quality initiative in a British city, and we are highly confident that the solution will soon become a regular fixture on the country’s road network.”
Levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), emitted mostly by diesel vehicles, have been above legal limits in almost 90% of urban areas in the UK since 2010. The toxic fumes are estimated to cause 23,500 early deaths a year, and the problem was declared a public health emergency by a cross-party committee of MPs in April 2016.