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Additional products can also be purchased with your SCATS® package (or individually) and can significantly improve the management of your road network.

SCATS features include:

SCATSIM

SCATSIM provides a data interface to a Traffic Micro simulator package. The Traffic Micro simulator can then allow the traffic engineer to:
  • View the effects of road design changes.
  • Understand the signal phasing on a number of intersections along a given road controlled by SCATS.

SCATSIM is software that allows a replication of your live SCATS system to be linked to a Traffic Micro Simulation software package for modelling purposes. It provides a true image of the live SCATS network including Traffic Signal Controllers at each intersection.

SCATSIM provides connectivity to some of the most used and well-known modelling packages, such as:

WinTRAFF

WinTRAFF helps with the development and testing of the SCATS intersection controller in a virtual environment. This allows the SCATS controller to be tested before deploying in the field.

The products within the WINTRAFF suite include:

WinTRAFF Single

WinTRAFF Single is an application that allows the simulation of a single SCATS-compliant Traffic Signal Controller. It operates using the personality file written by the operator and the TRAFF® software that is normally embedded in any SCATS-compliant Traffic Signal Controller.

WinTRAFF operates as a standalone application and can be run in isolated mode or connected to a SCATS system in Masterlink mode.

WinTRAFF Multi-Site

WinTRAFF Multi-Site is an application that allows the simulation of multiple SCATS-compliant Traffic Signal Controllers. The software application simulates Traffic Signal Controller(s) by reading one or more personality configuration files, written by the operator in conjunction with the TRAFF® software.

WinTRAFF Multi-Site simulates a population of Traffic Signal Controllers connected to a SCATS system, to enable modelling and visualisation of the controllers operating in a standard SCATS environment. This would be required if SCATS were interfaced to a micro-modelling software application such as Paramics, Vissim and other traffic modelling software.

WinTRAFF Test

An application that allows the simulation of a number of SCATS-compliant Traffic Signal Controllers using both a personality configuration file (NGEN) and the WinTRAFF software.

It allows a SCATS system to be load tested and establishes a number of TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) socket connections to a running SCATS Regional Computer and a test application. The test application is used to set up or alter the detection simulation operation in WinTRAFF Test Controllers.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (TMIS)

TMIS shows the road network in a geo-spatial map-based display, overlaid by different data to highlight what’s happening at each intersection in real time.

A geographical region-wide view is provided for current phase, alarms, congestion, unusual congestion, dwell state, sub-system linkage state and lamp state. A number of these layers allow the operator to manage the state of the traffic-controlled intersection from the map.

For example, the Dwell Layer allows a suitable authorised operator to easily locate and apply a dwell to the selected intersection. A Map Layer Manager (MLM) allows the TMIS operator to quickly customise the traffic management map display by selecting the visible layers for the particular task at hand.

TMIS provides extensive searching support for intersections, streets, suburbs and traffic-controlled intersections. The results from the search can be selected and the map will pan and zoom to the specified locations.

NGEN

NGEN (Controller Personality Generator) is used to configure controllers by generating a personality (data file) for the controller to interact with SCATS in an effective way.

NGEN can be used to:
  • Reduce the risk of personality and time settings data errors.
  • Perform error checking on data read in and data entered by the user.
  • Combine personality data and time settings data in a Motorola S-Data format output file for loading into the traffic controller.

Future developments

The next generation in traffic management

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is always looking for ways to improve our traffic management system to meet the needs of our customers and the demands of increasing traffic. Here are some of the systems currently in development for future release:

Public Transport Information and Priority System (PTIPS)

PTIPS is designed to track buses in real time and if required, provide these buses with priority at SCATS traffic signals.

PTIPS works as follows:
  • The on-board system collects location, time and route information from the route scheduling system and a Global Positioning System (GPS) locator.
  • Data is transmitted to PTIPS via a data radio service.
  • PTIPS analyses the data and if the bus satisfies the priority criteria, it passes a priority request to SCATS to give it priority for the traffic signals ahead on the route.

PTIPS is designed to improve public transport reliability and the on-time performance of buses. It can also be used to provide information to passengers on board buses, at bus stops, interchanges and via web-based applications.

The current focus for PTIPS is bus transport; however, it could be adapted for other public transport modes, including ferries and trams.

SCATS Ramp Metering System (SRMS)

SRMS is a fully adaptive ramp metering system that is used on motorway entry ramps to control the flow of traffic entering the motorway. This vital component of motorway congestion management works in a similar way to SCATS. SRMS can be integrated into the SCATS system to modify traffic signal control at intersections, and implement metering in response to actual traffic demand and incidents on the motorway.