Urban Traffic Control (UTC)

Maximising the Potential of our Road Network

Successfully managing the road network is getting tougher than ever. As the volume of traffic continues to grow, so does the type of traffic we are seeing on our roads. The effect of traffic congestion is an ever increasing problem for towns and cities, which is where UTC steps in.

What is SCOOT Urban Traffic Control (UTC)?

SCOOT Urban Traffic Control (UTC) is a specialist form of traffic management that, by coordinating traffic signals in a centralised location, minimises the impact of stop times on the road user. Integrating and coordinating traffic signal controls over a wide area allows great control of the traffic flow. SCOOT UTC is continually managing the road network, making small and unnoticeable changes to the the green splits and cycle time in each cycle.

Trends in Traffic Management

Traffic Management is already a complex job, and to make it even harder the way we move around is constantly evolving. Because of changing demographics and modern technology, new ways to navigate the road network are constantly being created. As shared mobility increases, the need for car ownership and parking requirements lessens. As electric cars, buses and bikes become more common, so too does the need for the right infrastructure to support it. New modes of transport and technologies are creating cleaner and safer ways for people to move around, but they are also moving the focus away from the cars alone. Traffic Management now needs to keep up with the evolving landscape and help promote safe, clean, affordable and efficient living.

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Innovation

Innovation is at the heart of what we do. However, ensuring road users have safe, comfortable and efficient journeys is a hugely complex feat of management. Junctions, roundabouts and crossings must be designed to optimise flows of vehicles and people, and traffic signals must respond in real-time to congestion.

At TRL Software, we provide the power to optimise travel today; but we also provide a roadmap for a smarter mobility future. As cities become more crowded, and modes of transport proliferate, we are harnessing new technologies to help re-engineer infrastructure to meet changing needs.

Our unique ‘open platform’ integrates new connected devices and control systems – not just our own – as they are developed, generating more detailed insights into how people move around, and more precision control over traffic flows.

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