Transport for London announces new adaptive traffic control system

Nov 14 | 2020

Siemens Mobility Limited and Transport for London (TfL) have announced the launch of Sitraffic FUSION, an all-new adaptive traffic control solution.

FUSION is a key part of London’s Real Time Optimiser (RTO) system, which will provide a completely new way of managing roads across the city, revolutionising the system that has been keeping London moving for over 30 years.

Until now, traffic lights across the capital have been managed using information gathered from inductive loops, which are buried in the road and detect vehicles approaching, a system known as SCOOT. 

The new FUSION system uses richer data sources from a variety of transport modes, including data from connected vehicles and buses.  With flexible, policy-driven adaption techniques, FUSION improves on the SCOOT philosophy of minimising vehicle delay and stops, by optimising signalised junctions and pedestrian crossings based on all road users’ needs.

Siemens Mobility LondonDeveloped by Siemens Mobility in collaboration with TfL and supported by the University of Southampton, FUSION enables all modes of transport to be modelled and optimised in a way that responds to the challenges that cities such as London face, such as cleaning up toxic air, making walking and cycling easier and safer, and delivering a reliable and sustainable public transport system.

FUSION is set to enter operation over the coming weeks, where it will control a number of ‘living laboratory’ trial sites in London. This will allow Siemens Mobility to test increasingly complex functionality and verify its enhanced performance at existing traffic intersections in a live environment.

Glynn Barton, TfL’s Director of Network Management said, “We're working to overhaul the way we manage London's road network as we tackle some of the biggest issues London faces, such as poor air quality and congestion, ensuring that the capital has a green, healthy and sustainable future.”

Wilke Reints, Managing Director of Siemens Mobility’s Intelligent Traffic Systems business in the UK added, “This trial marks a major milestone in the development of this ground-breaking traffic management solution, and I know its progress will be followed closely by industry colleagues around the world.”

Photo: Siemens’ Sitraffic FUSION system is set to revolutionise traffic control in London.