On the move: Swarco's Richard Neumann
Swarco has a major presence here at the ITS World Congress on two stands (D10 & E10) and will be focusing on the company’s integrated solutions capabilities in urban and interurban traffic management, parking and e-mobility and public transport.
Swarco technology, including traffic controllers, LED signals, LED VMS, and LED street lights, will be featured within the Testfeld Telematik, the outdoor demo course taking place under real Vienna traffic conditions and showing the interaction of cooperative systems (V2I, I2V communication) to the congress visitors.
The message that the company will get across is that Swarco ITS can be as simple and natural as child’s play. And what better way to do that than a BMW Baby Racer which is actually a fully equipped co-operative car? An industrial PC, a LinkBird MX communication unit from NEC and an accumulator for an independent function are integrated in the chassis and into the car electronics.
Using the two 5.9 GHz antennas, this Baby Racer can communicate with a Swarco ACTROS traffic controller which is equipped also with a LinkBird modem, directly driven from its main CPU-card. On the 8 inch touch screen display, three ITS-applications are being demonstrated. The traffic light phases for a normal car are displayed, with the information transmitted by SPaT Message (Signal Phase and Timing), sent by the controller every second.
For a further scenario the BMW Baby Racer can send a DENM (Decentralised Environmental Notification Message) to the ACTROS controller, causing a change to yellow blinking on each direction to warn approaching drivers of its presence.
Meanwhile, the third driver assistance function shows the approach of an ambulance. Using a CAM (Cooperative Awareness Message) the emergency vehicle requests a prior green from the traffic controller. With the minimum switching time the controller blocks conflicting streams and switches to green for the ambulance.