New traffic information service goes live
On 1 September Network Information Services (NIS), a joint venture between consulting and business services group Mouchel and systems integration experts Thales UK, will launched the new National Traffic Information Service (NTIS) for the Highways Agency (HA).
Earlier this year the HA announced the award of this £57m, seven-year contract to provide up-to-the-minute traffic information for people using motorways and major A roads in England. It will build upon the traffic data processing and publication elements of the previous National Traffic Control Centre contract, providing greater efficiency and better value for the taxpayer.
NIS has managed a smooth transfer from the previous contract with no disruption in services, ensuring that the people, systems and processes are in place to provide seamless continuity. The websites, data feeds and broadcast information are continuing as normal. The transition process will continue until 30 November 2011 while new leadership and governance arrangements are embedded.
NIS will continue to run the existing system over the next 18 months and, during this time, will be working closely with the HA to deliver an improved IT platform using the latest technology.
Work has already started to bring about a step-change in congestion alerting by April 2012. Planned improvements to traffic data modelling will provide an opportunity to deliver enhanced pre-trip and in-trip services, through a more accurate view of traffic conditions and a richer set of traffic information allowing improved in-trip journey planning for customers.
Steve Green, Service Delivery Director, Network Information Services, says: “We have been very focused on ensuring there is a smooth transfer of service from the previous contract with no interruption to existing traffic information channels.”
“The traffic information services that NTIS provides are key to the Highways Agency, its stakeholders and its customers. These services enable travellers to pre-plan their journeys and keep them informed of conditions while they are on the road network. This information then helps keep the traffic moving and supports businesses to deliver their goods and services more efficiently through increased journey time reliability.”
The improved quality and frequency of information is set to support the Highways Agency in its planned activities for the London 2012 Olympic Games, ensuring the delivery of essential information to visitors and organisers in order to support the success of the games.
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Network Information Services is a fully incorporated 50/50 joint venture between consulting and business services group, Mouchel, and systems integration experts Thales UK. It aims to improve the journey of millions of people by providing trusted, up to the minute, information.
Mouchel is a consulting and business services group that builds great relationships with clients in the public sector and regulated industry to make a difference to customers and communities. Operations include: health, education, social care, highways, water, rail, property, housing, utilities, energy, management consulting and ‘business process outsourcing’ in a wide range of disciplines. Mouchel has 9,000 employees, a number of offices in the UK and an audited turnover of £740.6m.
About Thales and Thales UK
Thales is a global technology leader for the defence & security and the aerospace & transport markets. In 2010 the company generated revenues of £11.2bn (€13.1bn), with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.
Thales UK employs 8,000 staff based at 35 locations. In 2010 Thales UK’s revenues were around £1.5bn.
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