Swarco

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Blattenwaldweg 8

A-6112

Wattens

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Blattenwaldweg 8

Wattens , A-6112

Austria

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Tel +43 5224 5877 0

Fax +43 5224 56070

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SWARCO FIRST IN TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS

Our objective has always been to combine our long-standing experience with the latest technology to provide outstanding reliability, quality and convenience of our solutions. As a result, operators profit from new cost-saving technologies and business models. End-users benefit from improved and more convenient services.

SWARCO TRAFFIC SYSTEMS delivers complete tailor-made system solutions to airports, parking operators, real estate owners, railway authorities, hotels, arenas, leisure facilities, offices, and municipalities. In addition to service and support, SWARCO TRAFFIC SYSTEMS can provide assistance at any stage of a project.

Company information

Headquarters location Blattenwaldweg 8
A-6112 Wattens
Austria
Some facts
Founded in
1999
Founded by
Company Size
3000

Solutions

  • Fleet Management
  • Mass Transit Passenger Information Systems
  • Mass Transit Safety Systems
  • Signalling
  • Smart Phone Applications for Mass Transit

Product information

We are convinced that future traffic volumes can only be handled with an intelligent mix of interoperable traffic modes. Public Transport plays an important role in urban traffic.

Priority to means of public transport such as buses and trams is one possibility to make the switch to this mode more attractive. Information devices assisting the drivers of public transport means and the passengers on board are an integral part of SWARCO’s portfolio.

Passenger Information Systems

Passenger information systems inform travellers about arrival and departure times, delays and other traffic information.

Linaria

When you decide in favour of LINARIA you receive a well-established timetable system, providing information for dynamic displays at terminals and at stops to inform travellers about arrival and departure times, delays and other traffic information.

The well-established LINARIA TimeTable (TT) system provides information for dynamic displays at terminals and at stops to inform travellers about arrival and departure times, delays and other traffic information.

  • LINARIA TT is used in countrywide systems such as the Swedish Railways, in bus terminals and individual stops.
  • LINARIA TT is a powerful tool and is provided with user-friendly Windows-based dialogue screens for easy use and maintenance. A supervision level simplifies the management of the information displays.
  • LINARIA TT was developed by SWARCO MIZAR and daily gives millions of passengers reliable and up-to-date information about their route and changes that may occur in their planned journey.
  • LINARIA TT is functionally integrated with the FLASH PTM/RTPI system in order to give a comprehensive response to the needs of Public Transport Operators.

Passenger Information Displays

SWARCO FUTURIT has developed numerous LED passenger information displays for airports, railway stations, bus and tram terminals. The product range includes main station signs as well as platform displays and on-board-screens.

LED Public Information Displays

SWARCO FUTURIT‘s LED Public Information Displays (PID) are developed for airports, railway stations, bus- and tram-terminals. They can display flight, platform, tram and bus route numbers with destination and arrival/departure information in real time. Optionally, the products can be upgraded with several add-ons, such as voice announcements and vehicle detection.

The robust yet esthetic housing is designed to withstand even the most demanding environmental conditions.

The PIDs are available in multi-line and full matrix version.

Public Transport Priority

Public transport priority at traffic signals is an important measure to increase the efficiency of urban traffic management to better handle ever-growing traffic volumes. It makes public transport more attractive due to faster travel times and improved service regularity. Higher passenger satisfaction is complemented by additional benefits including improved energy-efficiency and reduced pollution.

KSR

Short transportation times are an important incentive for citizens to switch to buses and trains. For operators, a faster and smoother public transport system means significant savings in operational costs. At the same time, a well-developed bus and train network is assured for a sustainable improvement in the level of pollution in the cities.

The public transport acceleration system KSR is designed for all customary, radio-data based traffic light systems.

Infrared Radio Beacon Principle:

For local synchronization, an infrared location beacon is used in the approach area for a crossing. When the public transport vehicle enters the area, the reporting points required for requesting the traffic light system are transferred from the beacon to the vehicle. By means of radio messaging, the vehicle now sends the corresponding information at the respective reporting points to the traffic light system.

Automatic Vehicle Process:

All routes and reporting points are stored in the vehicle‘s onboard computer. The position is determined by means of an odometer and the logical location synchronization at the bus stops. The traffic light requests are transferred from the onboard computer and stored.

D-GPS (Differential Global Positioning System):

The physical location of the vehicle occurs by means of a satellite-based positioning system. When the corresponding coordinates are reached, the data messages for controlling the traffic light system are sent to the control unit.

Ticprio

There is a large number of detector loops in urban environments for monitoring traffic at signalised intersections. In addition to performing the classical detector function towards the Traffic Controller, the TicPrio system also provides two-way communication over detector loops through its in-vehicle and roadside components. Since the location of each loop is known, the position of the vehicle can readily be determined. The communication infrastructure is given through the loops.

In-vehicle and roadside components of the TICPRIO-System

Detector loops in the ground, each connected to its own stationary for easy and cost-effective installation DETIC-unit for vehicle detection and inductive communication. Existing loops can be used with preserved detector function. This means, the DETIC will detect all kinds of vehicles providing the classical loop detector function in addition to its communication capability. Vehicle mounted TIC-1R transmitter/receiver connected to an inductive antenna for communication with the detector loops. Push-button panel connected to the TIC-1R for programming the route-number and for manual selection of priority direction.

How TicPrio Wors in Stand-Alone Applications

A fundamental requirement for a stand-alone system is that the priority direction corresponding to the bus route number is stored in the memory of the system’s roadside (DETIC) unit. As the bus arrives on the entry-loop, this sends, to the in-vehicle TIC-1R unit, the loop-ID including the information that the loop is an entry-loop. The TIC-1R returns the route number to the roadside unit, which then finds the corresponding priority direction and generates a priority request pulse for the Traffic Controller. There is an output assigned for each priority direction on the DETIC roadside unit. The bus driver can see the selected priority direction on a display panel. The manual option, incorporated to allow route diversions and detours, allows the driver to select the desired direction using a pushbutton before the vehicle reaches the entry-loop. The system ignores the automatic priority selection if a manual direction is selected. Priority is terminated when the bus sends an exit pulse upon leaving the exit-loop at the junction.

TicPrio stand-alone applications are in operation in smaller cities. The system does not need to keep track of the buses’ positions and can operate without being connected to an automatic vehicle location.

A typical example of a stand-alone implementation is in the city of Borås, Sweden. Its public transport fleet consists of 80 buses with an established detector system based on 60 loops.

Integrating TicPrio With Intelligent Transport Systems

If the bus or tram is fitted with a Vehicle Computer, this can be connected to the TIC-1R through a serial channel. The stationary system is the same as in TicPrio stand-alone systems. That means, each loop is connected to its own DETIC-board. On approaching an entry-loop, as identified by the DETIC roadside detector, the vehicle computer selects the appropriate priority direction and sends this via the TicPrio in-vehicle equipment through the loop to the roadside DETICunit. The DETIC then generates the priority request pulse to the Traffic Controller. Again, the loops provide the communication infrastructure, making additional (e.g. radio or infra-red) links unnecessary.

TicPrio can be integrated in real-time passenger information systems. The in-vehicle Ticequipment is connected to the vehicle computer through a serial channel, allowing downloading of priority directions from an AVLsystem.

An example of an integrated TicPrio system is the implementation in Gothenburg with its 200+ trams serving 13 lines and 350 buses plying about 50 fixed routes.

Overlapping Systems

In urban areas buses/trams serving the main routes are likely to be equipped with Vehicle Computers, using for example GPS for position updates to provide stop-info, arrival announcements, etc. The PT-vehicles serving the minor city routes or regional ones usually lack this equipment. Signal priority at all intersections for all PT-vehicles might still be desirable. Integrated and stand-alone TicPrio systems can be operated in parallel to solve this problem. Thus, the hardware is the same and the difference between the stand-alone (route 173 in our example) and the integrated (route 7) system is in the way of storing and transmitting the priority directions corresponding to the route number of the vehicle and to the ID of the loop it encounters.

Utopia

UTOPIA is an adaptive traffic control system designed to optimise flows and give selective priority to public transport without sacrificing travel times for private traffic.

OMNIA – Traffic Management Framework
UTOPIA Urban Traffic Control System offers a wide range of strategies designed to suit any road network. In the fully adaptive mode, it constantly monitors and forecasts the traffic status and optimises the control strategy according to flow efficiency and/or environmental criteria. This gives high performance even with unpredictable traffic conditions.

The system can assign weighted, selective or absolute priority to specific vehicles (e.g. buses/trams running behind schedule) without penalising other traffic.

UTOPIA was developed during the 1980s. Constant innovation and enhancements have made it one of the most advanced Urban Traffic Control systems in the world. It is successfully operating in dozens of metropolitan areas today.

UTOPIA offers unmatched performance, especially in congested and unpredictable traffic conditions. Field trails have demonstrated the following benefits:

  • 15% decrease in travel times for private traffic
  • 50% reduction in queuing time
  • 10% decrease in emissions and fuel consumption in urban areas.

A range of strategies are available: from plan selection to traffic responsive and fully adaptive, to permit the ideal solution for each specific site.

Terminal optimization

Increasing numbers of passengers travelling with public transport lead to increasing numbers of buses in traffic. Expanding a centrally located bus terminal is almost impossible these days and therefore optimization is essential.

The LINARIA system has a function where gates for departing or arriving vehicles are allocated dynamically. This function, called DPA (Dynamic Platform Allocation), is completely automated. The system can handle a complete bus terminal with platform allocation using given parameters. The system automatically redirects delayed vehicles to free gates according to a given priority list and updates the presentation information on displays. Operators can override the automatic functionality in order to direct vehicles manually. This means that the traffic at a terminal can be optimised and gates can be used in a very efficient way.

Optimizing a terminal leads to better usage, less travel time for passengers and less driving time, which in turn reduces emissions.

Signal Heads For Public Transport

SWARCO is the world's largest traffic signal producer. It goes without saying that we also manufacture the manifold traffic signals with special symbols needed in public transport signalisation.

SWARCO FUTURIT develops in cooperation with Thales Austria GmbH the portfolio of LED Railway
Signals. SWARCO FUTURIT brings 15 years experience in LED technology from the traffic industry to the rail industry and is responsible for mechanics, optical performance and the manufacture of the railway LED modules. Thales Austria constructs the interlocking systems and assures an optimal integration of the railway signals.

RAILED is mechanical and electrical compatible with existing incandescent bulb technology. This allows the replacement of old signals independently of the type of interlocking system. The optimized cooling system keeps LED temperatures low.

Infomobility

The aim of infomobility is to provide passengers with real-time information about public transport services including, for example, up-to-date timetable information or estimated departure, arrival and travel times. This allows for improved trip planning for passengers via information displays at stations and bus stops and in buses, trams or trains. Real-time PT information can also be retrieved via PC and mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, making it available almost anywhere.

The OMNIA Platform is SWARCO’s state-of-the-art solution for the integrated road transport environment. Its modularity and scalability means that it can be successfully adopted for large-scale systems with many applications already installed as well as cities and regions at an early stage of ITS development.

Using Omnia To Make A Difference

Integrated Environment

OMNIA offers a high level framework which provides a single access point for all the component systems and support for the whole life cycle of a system: implementation, operation, updating and planning.

Any of It's Applications Can Be Simply 'Plugged In'

OMNIA’s open architecture means that any ITS application (Urban Traffic Control, Public Transport, Parking, Streetlights, VMS, etc) can be integrated within the platform, independently of the supplier or technology.

Tailored To Your Specific Needs

OMNIA enables any city or region to build its own “made to measure” ITS environment. It is possible to add new ITS applications when required and also to modify the services associated with existing applications.

Easy-To-Use Graphic Interface

One of OMNIA’s strongest features is the exceptionally flexible and user-friendly graphical interface which is also multilingual. The clear graphics allow rapid and intuitive interpretation of the real-time status of the network. An operator can view single or multiple windows, and zoom in for full details of any of the systems.

Distributed Databases

The platform collects real time data and uses it not only to manage operations but also to model and forecast mobility demand. This gives all applications access to high quality data, which is also available to operators and city managers for their strategic planning. The DBs themselves remain independent in order to keep the system open and flexible.

Embedded Traffic Monitoring

OMNIA offers embedded functionalities for advanced traffic monitoring which includes traffic data and system component diagnostics.

All the traffic measures (traffic volumes, speed, etc) and traffic related data (e.g. signal plan, clearance capacity, turning proportions) are gathered and stored in the central system archive together with their estimated statistical profiles.

The diagnostic status is constantly updated for all system components. This data is stored and made available through dedicated screens and detailed reports. Availability indicators are calculated to support maintenance and automatic alarms are generated when problems are identified.

A Cost-Effective Basis for the Future

OMNIA is a strategic investment for both the present and the future. Its effectiveness in managing ITS applications brings immediate returns as well as long term benefits due to the support it gives in strategic planning. The ease of extending the platform to include new applications means that future extensions come at a lower cost.

Fleet Management

SWARCO offers various cutting-edge fleet management solutions that open up a wide range of possibilities to improve the quality and efficiency of public transport services:

  • Real-time vehicle tracking and location information
  • Real-time monitoring and visualization
  • Optimized fleet management and fleet utilization
  • High quality real-time passenger information services
  • Information services for drivers
  • Improved punctuality of bus/tram services
  • Selective or absolute priority at traffic lights
  • Performance statistics & off-line analysis
  • Equipment diagnostics and maintenance planning
  • Greater efficiency and reduced operational costs

Omnia

The OMNIA Platform is SWARCO’s state-of-the-art solution for the integrated road transport environment. Its modularity and scalability means that it can be successfully adopted for large-scale systems with many applications already installed as well as cities and regions at an early stage of ITS development.

Using Omnia To Make A Difference

Integrated Environment

OMNIA offers a high level framework which provides a single access point for all the component systems and support for the whole life cycle of a system: implementation, operation, updating and planning.

Any of It's Applications Can Be Simply 'Plugged In'

OMNIA’s open architecture means that any ITS application (Urban Traffic Control, Public Transport, Parking, Streetlights, VMS, etc) can be integrated within the platform, independently of the supplier or technology.

Tailored To Your Specific Needs

OMNIA enables any city or region to build its own “made to measure” ITS environment. It is possible to add new ITS applications when required and also to modify the services associated with existing applications.

Easy-To-Use Graphic Interface

One of OMNIA’s strongest features is the exceptionally flexible and user-friendly graphical interface which is also multilingual. The clear graphics allow rapid and intuitive interpretation of the real-time status of the network. An operator can view single or multiple windows, and zoom in for full details of any of the systems.

Distributed Databases

The platform collects real time data and uses it not only to manage operations but also to model and forecast mobility demand. This gives all applications access to high quality data, which is also available to operators and city managers for their strategic planning. The DBs themselves remain independent in order to keep the system open and flexible.

Embedded Traffic Monitoring

OMNIA offers embedded functionalities for advanced traffic monitoring which includes traffic data and system component diagnostics.

All the traffic measures (traffic volumes, speed, etc) and traffic related data (e.g. signal plan, clearance capacity, turning proportions) are gathered and stored in the central system archive together with their estimated statistical profiles.

The diagnostic status is constantly updated for all system components. This data is stored and made available through dedicated screens and detailed reports. Availability indicators are calculated to support maintenance and automatic alarms are generated when problems are identified.

A Cost-Effective Basis for the Future

OMNIA is a strategic investment for both the present and the future. Its effectiveness in managing ITS applications brings immediate returns as well as long term benefits due to the support it gives in strategic planning. The ease of extending the platform to include new applications means that future extensions come at a lower cost.

Flashnet

When you decide in favour of FLASHNET you receive a Public Transport Management System based on a robust real-time vehicle location technique which combines GPS and dead-reckoning technologies to guarantee high accuracy in all operational conditions.

The system makes it easy to have a full view of the fleet status at any time and improve the regularity of bus/tram services by 30%.

An important feature is the high quality of the passenger information services: from pre-trip planning to on-trip support, offered through info panels, on-board messages and the Internet.

When FLASHNET is integrated with SWARCO MIZAR’s traffic control system, UTOPIA, buses and trams can be given selective or absolute priority at traffic lights.

A powerful web-based interface allows the operator to monitor the fleet in real time. Information is presented in easy-to-read graphs, maps and diagrams.

Other services include:

  • planning support
  • performance statistics
  • off-line analysis
  • equipment diagnostics and maintenance planning.

FLASHNET provides accurate bus travel time predictions for passenger information services, trip planning functions and public transport priority systems. Latest developments include "personalised" journey support delivered via mobile devices and special trip guidance services.

Fleetrunner

SWARCO MIZAR's FLEETRUNNER is managing your fleet more effectively.

This automated management platform is suitable for fleets of any size. Features are the user-friendly interface design and the information services for drivers. Over 5% savings in operational costs have been obtained by users of the platform.

The FLEETRUNNER from SWARCO MIZAR offers you:

  • optimised management of your fleet
  • optimal mobile workforce coordination
  • full view of fleet status at all times
  • substantial savings due to greater efficiency

Roadrunner

When you choose ROADRUNNER you get a state-of-the-art on-board unit with a user-friendly graphical interface.

Roadrunner is equipped with all the functions needed to support the implementation of Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI), vehicle localization and Public Transport Management (PTM) applications. It includes one of the most advanced navigation systems and features a user friendly graphical interface.

Roadrunner has an open and modular platform to connect and manage external equipment, such as AFC machines, information display and announcement systems and passenger counters, to name just a few.

Detection

The collection of traffic information is a major element in traffic management. SWARCO is your specialist for any detection technology, and hence also offers various detection units suitable for public transport solutions.

People Counter

The SWARCO TRAFFIC SYSTEMS bi-directional People Counter is designed for high-precision counting applications such as passenger counting, customer counting, measuring of visitor flows and facility management.

Thanks to the use of a stereo counter and 3D-technology, the People Counter system achieves an accuracy of 98 % even under difficult, uncontrolled conditions.

Functional Description

The combination of a stereo camera and specially developed hardware and software components means it can safely record and process visual information in three dimensions. This ensures reliable measuring results even under difficult conditions.

The People Counter counts the number of people entering or leaving vehicles or buildings and how many people are present as well as events. The system requires no special data protection since it only counts and does not identify people.

The high counting accuracy (VDV-conform) achieves an informational advantage which guarantees an increase in efficiency, optimum staff planning and improved energy and environment management. The diecast aluminium housing of the devices vandalism-proofed.

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