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The following original articles provide educational and thought leadership pieces relating to Intelligent Transport Systems. The collection will continue to grow, so make sure to check back for new items!

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What is ITS?
Ever wondered what Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are?

Despite sounding like a futuristic mode of transport, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are actually technologies and systems associated with the management, operation and use of a broad range of transport modes and their inter-relationship with other infrastructure.

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Introduction to Roadside Technology
An Overview Of Major Technologies Used To Control And Manage The Highway Network

Technologies have been used for many years to passively monitor activity on the highway, however over the years additional features have been added to assist in actively managing traffic, these range from informing users about current conditions, so that they can make their own decisions, such as automatically warning drivers of incidents using roadside variable message signs, through to compelling users to modify their driving, such as by implementing variable speed limits or by using enforcement cameras etc.

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Technology and Active Travel
How can ITS help to support greater uptake of active modes of transport?

There has been for some years, a realisation that the way in which the finite capacity is apportioned in our busy urban streets will need to be reviewed to cope with the ever-increasing demands put on them. As a result, we have seen our streetscape gradually evolving to benefit the increasing number of members of the public who are using active transport modes, such as walking and cycling.

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Traffic Technology and Smart Cities
How Might Traffic Management Systems Contribute To The Development Of Smart Cities?

So, what is a Smart City? A Smart City is an urban environment where infrastructure and services are interlinked using technology to improve the quality of life by enhancing their operation. For stakeholders, this interconnectivity provides a pathway to improve their services, whilst also accruing cost benefits by using shared infrastructure and data streams.

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Carbon Conundrum
Despite lots of work to make our ITS installations more energy efficient, we will need to do more in order to attain Carbon Neutral or Net Zero credentials for these.

Over the past decade, technology manufacturers have made great strides in reducing the energy consumption of ITS equipment, the switch to modern electronics and LEDs has had a transformative impact on electrical consumption of installations, with many types achieving 80% savings when compared to traditional equipment.

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Climate Resilience
We are now witnessing the effect that global warming is having on the environment, with very diverse climatic events impacting the daily lives of people around the world.

This article examins the issues posed by the climate emergency for the deployment and operation of ITS equipment, with particular focus on the following areas: Appropriateness of traditional ITS platforms and equipment in a changing technology climate; Carbon Reduction in the construction and operation of equipment; Resilience to extreme natural events.