R+D+i: STREET-FLOW, the future of Smart Cities

STREET FLOW is an experimental development project that Tecsidel carries out individually with funding granted by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), under the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, in the context of Research and Development Projects (PID) that those center promotes (CDTI - EXP 00086512 / IDI-20150279).

The general goal of STREET-FLOW is to develop a high-performance single-gantry free-flow system to identify and classify vehicles on urban roads, with plans to be able to integrate with Smart City platforms. This system must provide for each vehicle that transports the information corresponding to the registration, identification tag (if incorporated), vehicle class, direction and speed, also having all the sensing equipment in a single arch or mechanical structure fixation, unlike current multi-lane systems.

In order to provide such information also in situations of traffic congestion and slow traffic (more complicated to obtain), the system will have the novel incorporation of a sensor based on Doppler effect.

The management of urban mobility in cities requires systems to obtain highly reliable information on road traffic, especially in terms of vehicle identification and categorization. The trend in these systems implementation is to obtain the minimal impact on the environment and traffic, and offer an easy integration into ICT platforms, from which data can be distributed as well as coordinate their functioning with other systems. The current free-flow systems fulfill part of these requirements because their installation does not require intervention in the firm and because vehicles must not stop or reduce their speed. However, they need to distribute their sensor equipment in several frames (two or three), separated enough to process in a timely and synchronized way the obtained data. This makes them poorly suited for installation in urban environments, where roads may be short or have difficult paths, and where special care must be taken in the use of spaces to minimize environmental and visual impacts.

With STREET-FLOW all free-flow sensors (antennas, cameras, lasers) are focused on a single gantry which allows important savings in the CAPEX and OPEX associated to the physical infrastructure involved thanks to algorithmic and programming conceived and implemented by Tecsidel. This allows to collect, process and add, in a short time, the data supplied by the mentioned sensorization.


CREA BIG DATA, the new Tecsidel project

CREA-BIGDATA is an experimental development project that Tecsidel carries out individually with funding granted by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), under the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, in the context of Research and Development Projects (PID) that those center promotes (CDTI - EXP 00092054 / IDI-20160795)

The general goal of CREA-BIGDATA is the ICT platform development for the identification, analysis and exploitation of new models of urban and interurban mobility for citizens within the scope of re-using public sector information. This system will provide, from collection emulators and real-world operational information processed, services to be consumed potentially under Open Data, the new paradigm in data management.

The goals to be achieved will allow solving the mobility criticalities, by allowing models that will be characterized by:

• be more agile and aligned to reality, which will be solved by implementing simulators for generation, collection and processing operational information from various sources of real-world data.

• be rapidly adaptable to changes with shorter but dense time series of data, which involves the construction of a Big Data technology platform that will be powered by simulators of the previous specific objective.

• to have interactive, comprehensive and intelligible visualizations, which will be materialized with the elaboration of final services that will offer graphical visualization and navigation of the information contained in the platform Big Data.

• be useful for prognosis and for feeding other systems, which will be solved by developing additional services for decision making and planning, data analytics and prediction, as well as the structuring of data to be re-used under Open Data.

CREA-BIGDATA takes into account the main entry data of the mobility models to be processed from access control and payment systems in tolls and car parks, ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) sensors, lathes in Public transport (rail, subway, bus) and terminal transitions between cells of wireless cellular telephony networks, whose generation in the scope of the project will be carried out through simulators.

With CREA-BIGDATA final functionalities will be obtained for the treatment of mobility models to be applied in urban and interurban diagnosis, prognosis, decision-making and planning. These will be focused on real systems and networks refinement, considered as Data Source and undoubtedly linked to the mobility of citizens.

IOT4FSM (Internet Of Things For Field Service Management)

IOT4FSM es un proyecto de desarrollo experimental de ámbito nacional que Tecsidel realiza de forma individual con financiación concedida por el Ministerio de Energía, Turismo y Agenda Digital, en el marco de la Acción Estratégica de Economía y Sociedad Digital, dentro del Plan de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016 (TSI-100110-2016-1).

El objetivo de IOT4FSM es el desarrollo de un sistema orientado a gestionar y realizar un seguimiento en tiempo real de los diferentes recursos y materiales empleados sobre el terreno por técnicos de campo de servicios de emergencia (bomberos, policía, urgencias médicas), con el uso de tags embebidos en diversos equipamientos, haciendo uso de telecomunicaciones inalámbricas de tipo Near Field Communications (NFC) y Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Este seguimiento será posible realizarlo tanto desde dispositivos móviles de dichos  técnicos de campo como de manera centralizada en un servidor central.

Actualmente la gestión de este tipo de escenarios se realiza mediante comunicaciones tradicionales vía audio (redes TeTRA), así como con sistemas de gestión de flotas vía GPS. La solución propuesta pretende ampliar estas funcionalidades a ámbitos de localización de personal y de material, proporcionando visibilidad del inventario de recursos disponibles y su estado actual, en entornos tanto outdoor como indoor.

Para la realización del proyecto Tecsidel parte de su conocimiento y experiencia contrastados en las soluciones que proporciona a sus clientes, como son las que corresponden, desde la línea de Peajes e ITS, a la identificación y seguimiento de vehículos, y desde la línea de Logística Industria y Distribución, al control de ubicación y estado de materiales. Asimismo en cuanto al contexto funcional Tecsidel  toma en consideración su recorrido en el ámbito  de Field Service Management en el que desde su línea de soluciones IT Tecsidel viene llevando a cabo proyectos a medida para operadores de telecomunicaciones y compañías de seguridad.

Con IOT4FSM Tecsidel consigue realizar un sistema de interés para sus tres líneas de negocio, basado  en su capacidad de desarrollo de software de aplicaciones para dispositivos móviles e IoT, que presenta como elemento central una sensorización caracterizada por

- Basarse en tags híbridos Near Field Communications - Bluetooth Low Energy desarrollados ad-hoc.

-Explotar la utilización de este tipo de tag, no sólo para detectar la presencia del actor u objeto al que están fijados e identificarlo, sino también para precisar al máximo su posición, extendiendo, además, dicha utilización durante las actuaciones en campo en las que estos intervengan.


Tecsidel installs its toll system on the Pativilca-Trujillo highway in Peru

Since December 2016, Tecsidel has been implementing its toll system on the Pativilca-Trujillo highway, located in the north of Peru. The company Autopista del Norte SAC, which belongs to the concessionaire OHL Group, is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operations. This highway has a length of 356 km, is part of the Panamericana Norte and is a strategic location as it connects Trujillo, the third biggest city in the country, to the main road network.

The first stage of this project consists of one plaza, Virú, with 8 installed lanes, but 6 opened: 4mixed and 2 reversible manual.

The migration of some of the existing manual lanes to mixed lanes is one of Tecsidel's great contributions to this concession tolling. The mixed toll system, meaning manual and automatic, allows payment in cash, bank cards and TAGs. This is increasingly demanded by concessionaires because electronic payment improves traffic flow and provides more security in transactions.

In this case, Tecsidel offers its system installation only in level 1 (lane) and it integrates with existing systems of level 2 (plaza) and 3 (Back Office), which belong to TTS. This is a revolutionary step for this type of system, since Tecsidel offers a complete system of lane (hardware + software), which in a modular way allows integration with any other system in level 2.
Traffic and Transport Systems (www.ttsistemas.com) offers state-of-the-art technological solutions focused on the operation and control of smart highways.

Tecsidel plans to complete the project by mid-march 2017.

R+D+i: ITMCS+ and TMMS+, Tecsidel solutions for Tunnels Management

Tecsidel offers ITMCS +, the ITS web-based solution for tunnels, that allows to manage traffic in complex environments. This solution integrates the vast majority of infrastructure instruments (Variable Messaging Panels, SOS Posts, CCTV, DAI, PA system), with great ease for the parameterization of these and new instruments thanks to the direct communication with the PLCs. It is a system designed for intense traffics and very complex environments, with internal messaging that enables a quick and coordinated action in any incident. In addition, it allows anticipating the events in a totally remote way, taking into account the security and the risks prevention.

Tecsidel TMMS + is not only an asset manager, since it incorporates a wide range of possibilities both preventive and complex management of an infrastructure: assets, equipment, tools, suppliers, services, internal and external work teams, etc. All due to a workflow, fully configurable.

Both solutions, ITMCS+ and TMMS+, incorporate the most advanced geolocation tools and graphic effects through active plans, being able to trace at all times the action scope, the equipment and assets with which the installation counts on and the emission of reports after all the actions. These integrate perfectly with almost immediate deadlines, and even in multi-concessional mode for tunnels on toll roads.

These products have received support from the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER), Regulation 821/2014, through the Industrial Technological Development Center (CDTI), IDI-20141144, under the "Intelligent Growth Operational Program 2014-2020"

The main objective of of ITMCS+ and TMMS+ development is to have presence in the market of tunnel ITS, a market where Tecsidel had no presence. With this project, the company not only increases its product line with a new solution, but also opens the door to the execution of projects in civil engineering environments. Providing an added value from the beginning of the work.

As a first result, it is necessary to mention that Tecsidel has obtained reference projects in markets with high growth potential, such as Argentina, Peru and Brazil. The common denominator consists of a high traffic density, high growth of the car park, and complex environments because of population density. In conclusion, emerging markets in ITS solutions.

For more information of FEDER 2014-2020 (Pluri-Regional Operational Program for Intelligent Growth) click here: https://goo.gl/XtDxnc