The system has been used to great success on several UK road projects since 2007, including the Dartford Tunnel and Bell Common Tunnel projects.

November 11, 2009

LINDON, UT—A unique system is being deployed in Great Britain to help roadway officials determine the best times to close lanes for construction projects. The Dynamic Roadspace Utilisation Manager (DRUM) is a web-based service created by Mobile Traffic Solutions (MTS) and the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) that uses SmartSensor HD to collect real-time traffic flow data; by comparing that data to historical information, the system can identify times when lane closures will cause the least amount of congestion. MTS is an authorized Wavetronix distributor.

DRUM combines hardware from MTS with software created by TRL: SmartSensor HD units are installed on MTS T25, solar-powered portable trailers and deployed at road construction sites to collect real-time data; the information is fed into TRL's software, where it is processed and overlaid with historical data to predict the optimum time for lane closures. Users with access can then log into a website to view current and projected conditions as well as the system-generated road-use plan. According to MTS, the system can improve the pace at which road projects are undertaken, and it has the potential to add an extra 20 hours of work time per week.

The system has been used to great success on several UK road projects since 2007, including the Dartford Tunnel and Bell Common Tunnel projects. The contractor for those projects, COSTAIN, says DRUM saved them six months of work and benefitted drivers by improving commute times without compromising safety. "The trailers could be moved to various locations, giving enhanced snapshots of specific areas," says Howard Dukes, traffic management manager at COSTAIN. "This flexibility allowed us to work longer on the network than had previously been possible, with more efficiency and less impact on the road users."