The Mott MacDonald consultancy has been appointed to deliver a regional Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) system for Tyne and Wear in north-east England.
The region's local transport plan partners include Newcastle City, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside and Sunderland City Councils together with the Passenger Transport Executive Nexus.
Mott MacDonald will use its proven UTMC product, called CDMF (Common Data Management Facility), to integrate numerous existing transport systems such as CCTV, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), car parks and air quality monitoring.
The CDMF, which is already successfully in use in 10 regions across the UK, will provide management and control functions and establish a cohesive view of the transport network from a single regional control centre.
Control room operators will have access to the common data viewer, which will allow them to monitor the network and strategies for the benefit of the travelling public.
Data collected from the CDMF will be circulated in several ways, including via a dedicated public access traffic and travel information website and Hop>2, Mott MacDonald's national traffic and travel website as well as iHop>2, an accompanying iPhone application, which allows users to check traffic and travel information on the move.
The UTMC project aims to deliver a system which will assist all the local authorities with network coordination and management. The system will be centred on a UTMC common database, which will act as the main strategic management tool and information repository for the entire region.
Project director Fraser Macdonald said: "We are delighted to have been appointed by Newcastle City Council to assist the development of a Tyne & Wear UTMC strategy. This system will address key areas of the joint local transport plan and provide real benefit to the travelling public in the Tyne and Wear area."
The UTMC is expected to be operational in 2011, with continuing support until 2015.