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Although a small-sized city by comparison with other major settlements elsewhere in Europe and the rest of the world, Ljubljana nevertheless suffers its share of rush hour-related congestion. Q-Free Traffic Design has been helping DARS, the national highway operator, to mitigate some of the congestion issue by providing a solution which uses video-based queue detection to provide travel information in real time via variable message signs which are located on the city’s major bypass.
Work on the new solution was started in summer 2016 and delivery was completed in February this year. The completely automatic solution monitors the traffic levels on highway off-ramps. It was developed at DARS’s request as a part of the framework for the existing traffic management and control application, which is located in the Ljubljana-Dagomelj traffic control centre.
On 6th September, the Motorway Company of the Republic of Slovenia (DARS d. d.) signed a contract on setting up and operation of a multi-lane electronic toll collection system in free traffic flow on motorways and expressways with the consortium of Telekom Slovenije d. d. and Q-Free ASA, Norway, for vehicles with maximum permissible weight above 3500 kg (heavy vehicles). The value of contractual works is EUR 90,566,754.08 excluding VAT or EUR 110,491,439.98 including VAT, that is for the setting up of the system and carrying out the agreed services during the 10-year operational period. In accordance with the provisions of the Road Tolling Act, the existing vignette system for light vehicles with maximum permissible weight up to 3500 kg will continue to apply also after the introduction of the electronic toll collection system.
This is a microwave-based toll system at the standardised frequency of 5.8 GHz. Newly heavy vehicles will be tolled via almost 130 gantries set above motorways and expressways between certain junctions along the entire motorway system. 15 of those gantries will be additionally equipped with devices for stationary enforcement control. The existing enforcement control vehicles will also be equipped with the control equipment of the electronic toll collection system in free traffic flow. The tolled roads, tolling points and driven distances between individual tolled sections will be determined by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in implementing regulations and the Road Tolling Act.
Prior to using the motorway, all heavy vehicle drivers will have to purchase an on-board unit (OBU) for electronic toll collection in free traffic flow. Electronic boards placed on the interior of the windscreen can be ordered months before the launch of the new system through an online application or will be available at special Customer Service Points and certain petrol stations.
On the side of contractors, the contract was signed by Rudolf Skobe, M.Sc. and Tomaž Seljak, President and Vice-President of the Management Board of Telekom Slovenije, Håkon Volldal and Roar Østbø, Chairman and member of the Management Board of Q-Free, and by Tomaž Vidic, Ph.D. and Gašper Marc, M.Sc., President and member of the Management Board of DARS as the contracting authority.
Q-Free Traffic design implemented four new bicycle counters with additional LED displays on four busiest bicycle paths for the Municipality of Ljubljana. The system uses established piezo-electric sensor technology to detect bicycles in dedicated cycle ways. Unique algorithms are used to measure the axle count, speed and wheelbase to distinguish true bicycles from other traffic including child scooters, motorbikes and mopeds. Cyclists are informed about the daily and yearly volume of the traffic via two variable message signs located at counting site.
Counting initiatives show that level of bicycle activity is increasing nationally but vary significantly, due to differences in infrastructure, neighborhood socio-demographics, urban design, land use, and other characteristics of the built environment. Measures of bicycling patterns, such as peak hour traffic and average daily bicycle traffic, could be used in planning and management to estimate daily or annual traffic, compare mode share, or design facilities. Counts can be used to estimate demand for facilities, the potential benefits of investments, and the need for traffic control modifications.
Smart parking is a smart city system helping drivers to find a parking spot quicker and allowing cities to manage their parking spaces more efficiently. The system informs drivers where to find vacant parking spaces via smart phones or electronic street panels. Traffic density in the city centres is, therefore, reduced after Smart parking has been deployed, helping to create a greener city. Smart parking also allows the city to monitor and manage the parking bays 24/7, obtaining real-time occupancyand correlating it with payment information. Once installed, this technology can translate to significant extra revenues for the city through the increase in occupancy and reduction in non-payment.
Q-free Traffic design introduced the system to the city of Ljubljana, where two streets were equipped with wireless sensors while the drivers are informed via two variable message signs located on intersections.
Company Traffic design d.o.o., changed the name of the company, which now be called: Q-FREE TRAFFIC DESIGN, d.o.o. Change was entered in the register of the competent court in Ljubljana and entered for its use on the 5th of May, 2015.
Change of name does not effect on other company information, such as registration number, tax number, etc.
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The Slovenian ITS Association, under the umbrella of the Electrotechnical Association of Slovenia organised the 23rd International Symposium on Electronics in Transport – ISEP which promotes a strategic objective of integrating and strengthening the European Research Area in Slovenia as well as in the other member States, Accession States and in some nearby countries in South Eastern Europe.
Q-free was present as a sponsor of the event contributing to a wider recognition of the Q-free portofolio in SLovenija and adjacent countries.
Video detection, video surveillance and dangerous goods detection system implemented in tunnel Markovec, Slovenia
Company Traffic design, ltd is installing video surveillance and detection system including dangerous goods detection in the tunnel Markovec, on the main highway stretch connecting Slovenia and Croatia. 63 video detection cameras and 23 speed-dome cameras will be installed beside 4 license plate recognition cameras in this 2.2 km long tunnel.
On 22. April 2014 Traffic design was acquired by Q-Free with the aim to strengthen the business within Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS). The acquisition of Traffic Design provides further synergies in the process of broadening Q-Free’s product range.
“The inclusion of Traffic Design’s products and solutions into Q-Free’s portfolio is a further important step towards realising Q-Free’s ambitions in the intelligent traffic systems market. Traffic Design strengthens both the ATMS business and Q-Free’s already leading position in the road user charging market,” says Q-Free CEO Thomas Falck.
“Traffic Design has historically been operating in local markets, with limited access to international customers. Joining forces with Q-Free will enable a global reach for our products, which we believe is a unique possibility for Traffic Design. We are impressed with Q-Free’s employees and products, and are looking forward to working on the same team in the future,” says Traffic Design CEO Blaž Gostiša.
Traffic Design was established in 1990 and is the market leader in traffic management, parking systems and tolling in Slovenia. The company has installed traffic management and parking systems nationwide and is the operator of the country’s tolling system.
In the longer-term, Q-Free expects that the markets for ATMS and road user charging to converge into a joint market for intelligent transport systems (ITS), both technologically and commercially. Q-Free intends to play an important role in this market, and considers Traffic Design’s products, solutions and services as a strong addition to its product offering.
Company Traffic design in joint venture with Iskra Sistemi, Riko, IMP and Javna razsvetljava was awarded to equip the newly built tunnel Markovec. Tunnel Markovec is a two tube, two lane 2150 m long highway tunnel.
Traffic design will install video surveillance system, automatic video detection system and automatic license plate recognition system to allow the recognition of dangerous goods transport.
The video detection system will ensure the following functionalities:
· detection of vehicles driving in the wrong direction
· detection of stopped vehicles
· slow moving vehicle detection
· pedestrian detection
· smoke detection