Austria’s traffic technology

Austrian traffic technology supplier Swarco has located the country’s most developed a traffic light system as part of a re-energization scheme in the center of the Tyrolean market town of Wattens, where the company is situated.

The 8,000-population community has a newly formed meeting zone in the town center where Swarco has installed its recent technology to regulate the intersection with Wattens’ primary path, the B171 (Tiroler Strasse). The company has situated its new X-Line technology stage that works with decentralized intelligence and works traffic light systems via a CAN-based network (Control Area Network), which brings a part of the control intelligence straight into the hands of ultra-energy-efficient COLOMBIA LED signal heads. Compared with previous LED technology, the new COLOMBIA signal heads along with X-Line technology show a 90% lesser power usage.

The profits of Swarco’s new traffic light system are also noticeable in terms of cabling and civil engineering. It is no longer obligatory to connect every red, amber, green and pedestrian signal directly to the control unit on the roadside. A cable bus, which is unceasing from mast to mast, declines the use of materials and makes it easier for the assembly of the entire system on the power and communication part hugely. The traffic light scheme is also made in such a way that public transport is given inclination at the intersection by means of wireless radio messages. The COMBIA and X-Line product variability have also been made to be compatible with the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cooperative ITS systems for smart city situations.