The National Roads Telecommunications Service (NRTS) has been awarded a multi-million pound contract aimed to telent Technology services.
Highways England has awarded a total of £450m to the NRTS to pave the way for future technology across the UK’s roads, in order to keep road users as safe and informed as possible.
NRTS is a critical component of national infrastructure supporting the nation’s 4,400 mile strategic road network.
The contract is for a next generation road communications network, which will help reduce congestion, increase safety for road workers and users and facilitate the development of future communications-based services alongside the strategic road network.
The NRTS will connect the company’s seven regional control centres, the national traffic operations centre and the 30,000 roadside technology assets, including message signs, CCTV cameras and emergency roadside telephones.
Highways England will be responsible for 3,327 CCTV cameras, 3,774 message signs, 229 weather stations and 7,155 SOS phones.
Using the network, traffic information services can provide accurate, real-time travel information to drivers and travel news providers.The message signs warn drivers of potential hazards and display journey information real-time.
The new service will renew equipment; provide an open, flexible and scalable telecommunications network to meet the future needs of the business; and support Highways England in the development of services such as ‘connected vehicles’ and 5G.
The technology will continue to assist in the development and operation of the smart motorway and expressway programmes were taken up to modernise motorways in England.
Highways England chief information officer Tony Malone said: “Safety is at the heart of everything we do and this network, the central nervous system for England’s motorways, enables us to operate safe roads.
“We are pleased to be working with telent Technology Services to deliver the reliability, resilience and innovation that will enable us to keep drivers safe and informed on our roads.”
The contract between the two will last for seven years, beginning in The seven-year contract will begin on 16 March 2018.