Schneider Electric's new EcoTrafiX advanced transport management system
Schneider Electric’s new EcoTrafiX advanced transport management system will make its debut in Dallas, Texas, by the end of this year, it was announced at the ITS World Congress in Detroit.
EcoTrafiX, which will control both arterial roads and freeways, is a web-based system deigned to ease traffic flow and, in the process, significantly cut emissions.
Schneider Electric had a long-running product handling much the same type of job, but the company realised a while ago that an upgrade was needed, to keep up with the evolving requirements of customers, together with developments such as connected vehicles and the smart city.
The new integrated software package that comprises EcoTrafiX “is not just about traffic management, it’s about the environment and being ecologically sensitive”, said Alfredo Escriba, Schneider Electric’s senior vice-president for transportation North America.
With this in mind, the new product is designed to smooth traffic flows and, in the process, cut the amount of emissions produced by vehicles that no longer have to wait at intersections.
Schneider estimates that an added environmental benefit will come from the reduced power demands of the EcoTrafiX Controller, which it says will save 300kg of CO₂ per intersection per year where the equipment is installed. The system’s architecture offers increased flexibility for additional options such as sensors or uninterrupted power supplies.
The Controller also offers remote access to ease operations and maintenance.