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Bluetooth Sensors Shows Great Savings In Major Highway Project
There is an increasing requirement for infrastructure providers to demonstrate the benefits of targeted projects are being delivered. With respect to major road projects, these benefits are, using traditional technologies, often long term and strategic in nature as the return on investment takes time. So to provide both rapid assessment whilst gathering data for longer term evaluation, in an ongoing four-lane highway project in the Waikato region, the New Zealand Transport Agency ( NZTA ) is using BlipTrack Bluetooth sensors from the Danish wireless technology company BLIP Systems.
Some of the major benefits, that the NZTA expect from the new highway is reduced journey times, increased highway capacity, reduced fuel costs and CO2 emissions and improved reliability of the transport network.
To measure the effectiveness of the new Expressway, BlipTrack Bluetooth sensors recorded traffic flows, on the first stage of the Waikato Expressway, for approximately 3 months prior to its opening and after opening. The sensors were configured to not only detect the journey time changes but also the relative proportion of traffic using the new and old routes. Based on this large data set, it was possible to demonstrate significant journey time savings, totaling yearly savings of 7.6 million dollars to the New Zealand economy.
The Bluetooth solution that the NZTA has adopted, works by placing small BlipTrack sensors in road networks. By anonymously tracking Bluetooth devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and hands-free installations in cars, it is possible to measure flow and calculate journey time. The ability to obtain traffic flow data in real time offers road authorities the ability to proactively manage the road network to minimize delays and congestion. This leads not only to significant economic benefits through reduced journey times and fuel consumption, but also reduced CO2 emissions and improved air quality.
The BlipTrack sensors now covers over 600 km of state highway network on the North Island of New Zealand and is constantly being expanded.
The full report from the NZTA/BECA: http://conf.hardingconsultants.co.nz/workspace/uploads/vallyon-chris-ipenztg2013-5191ab148c12f.pdf
About BLIP Systems
BLIP Systems is a privately held wireless technology company based near Aalborg, Denmark. The company was founded in 2003 as a MBO of the Bluetooth activities within Ericsson Denmark. The vision and high expertise at BLIP Systems is derived from 16 extremely experienced employees that strive to provide top quality service and solutions. BLIP Systems develop and sell the tracking solution BlipTrack which today is used in road networks all over Denmark and has expanded globally to include countries such as Canada, USA, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland. In addition the solution is installed in more than 20 international airports including Amsterdam, Toronto and Dubai and in several railway stations in Holland.