French consortium wins Polish motorway upgrade

Alcatel-Lucent and Thales have secured an 80 million euro contract to bring one of Poland’s motorways up to EU commercial motorway standards and introduce tolls.

The consortium will design, integrate, install and deploy systems on A2 between Konin and Strykow that will improve driver safety and increase capacity. The arrangements include a three-year multi-vendor maintenance contract.

Alcatel-Lucent, as the leader of the consortium, will project-manage the integration, testing and deployment of a toll collection, emergency communications, traffic management, and a traffic statistics collection system, along the 100km section between Konin and Strykow.

Alcatel-Lucent will also design and build a fibre-optic communication system, which will be the transmission backbone for all the systems placed along the motorway. The project is targeted to be in service by the end of 2010.

The contracted toll collection system will enable the authorities to charge motorway users according to the distance covered and the category of the vehicle, letting them pay by cash or by card. The system will be equipped with appropriate forgery protection and anti-theft devices to protect personal banking credentials and to ensure secure revenue streams. Like other European systems it will be ready to interoperate with electronic toll collection system planned in the future.

The traffic management system, will deliver useful information directly to drivers (traffic conditions and weather) and it will ensure smooth movement of traffic on the motorway. The system includes lane control signals, variable message signs, meteorological outstations, traffic monitoring equipment, CCTV cameras and equipment for the motorway management centre.

The emergency communications system includes emergency telephones located every 2km on either side of the motorway. Each individual motorway section will be monitored from the control centre. The system will enable the recording of all events, together with their date and time of occurrence, the telephone numbers of the alerted intervention services and all the other operations conducted by the operator.

There will be two independent systems for collecting traffic statistics - traffic survey equipment, used to measure speed, traffic volume and vehicle categories for national statistics gathering and weigh-in-motion equipment used to collect data on vehicle weight and their impact on the pavement.

Alcatel-Lucent will also construct two motorway maintenance centres along with the motorway management centre.

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