VicRoads Purchases TRANSnet

VicRoads have purchased the TRANSnet system. This will allow the Victorian Road Authority to provide Public Transport Priority to vehicles and to improve the efficiency of Public Transport and other vehicle operations utilising the Victorian Road Network.

The investment came after an extended trial period that allowed VicRoads staff to evaluate and monitor TRANSnet, and to liaise with public transport operators on the performance benefits delivered by the TRANSnet system. VicRoads uses TRANSnet in conjunction with SCATS to automatically provide multiple levels of priority at signalised intersections, depending on schedule adherence, queuing time, delays and much more.


TRANSnet – New Vehicle Headway Management System introduced

For Public Transport operators that don’t work to specific public transport ‘time-of-day schedules’, a new Headway Management System has been implemented. Different headways and expected Journey times can be implemented for any day of the week, and any time of the day for either direction of travel.

When a vehicle starts a journey, the next scheduled time is calculated based on expected headway, and this further schedule is automatically added to the system. When the following vehicle arrives, its start time is compared to the previously calculated schedule to determine schedule adherence, a further future schedule is again automatically created, and the vehicle is tracked into the system. This allows schedules & punctuality to be continually calculated dynamically, without the requirement to have any previously defined schedules installed.

TRANSnet can operate with any combination of Pre-programmed vehicle schedules or new Headway schedules within the system simultaneously.

VicRoads successfully trials TRANSnet

VicRoads successfully trials TRANSnet on Bus Route 201 in the Burwood – Box Hill region of Melbourne.

TRANSnet applies a top-down approach to bus priority where the local traffic signal controller does not require reprogramming. The bus detection uses ‘virtual detectors’ for queue detection and journey time information. Therefore physical installation of detectors is also not required. The priority can be activated on a number of performance conditions including schedule adherence.

A number of different scenarios have been tested using TRANSnet and SCATS Action Lists. VicRoads found that all of the scenarios using either bus delay or schedule adherence triggering mechanisms have operated successfully. The priority enabled in SCATS has included adding a right turn phase in the sequence, increasing the green time for a bus movement and dwelling a phase without skipping other phases to ensure the bus can reduce the buses time in the virtual detector zone.

TRANSnet Tracking & Priority in action

SCATS Wireless communications trial

Advantech Design have recently successfully demonstrated the Transnet wireless communications system for SCATS in Suva, Fiji.

The system allows 3G wireless communications from the SCATS central computer to communicate to intersection controllers, and is especially cost-effective where wired service telecommunications are limited or unreliable. For the test, sites were deliberately chosen to establish the ability of the system to operate successfully over long distances. The trialed communications system has proven itself to be robust and reliable. Statistical figures of more than 96% uptime are considered to demonstrate a very satisfactory result for this type of communication. The Transnet communicatiosn system achieved an uptime of more than 99.5% wireless communications over and average 24 hour period, and this could be further improved with assistance from the wireless network service provider.

Transnet allows SCATS to operate as designed, to provide effective, managed traffic coordination, dynamically adjust signal timings to meet traffic demands, maximise intersection capacity and provide the traffic engineer with vital monitoring and reporting tools.

The Wireless Communications System as trialed is definitely considered a successful workable solution for operating the SCATS Management System with Intersection Controllers.

SCATS is a registered trademark or Roads and Maritime Services

TrackRanger now has Native Support for EOTopo maps

Integrate Native support for the EOTopo high-definition 200k maps has now been integrated into TrackRanger. While TrackRanger could always use EOTopo, the new features allow EOTopo to be automatically selected as the default map set.

Advantech Presents TRANSnet Paper at ITS Summit

Advantech Design presented a Paper on the TRANSnet Public Transport Priority System at the 2015 ITS Summit in Melbourne. The paper, titled: “TRANSnet –  Technology for Advanced Public Transport Priority” was accompanied by a video presentation demonstrating the benefits of using the TRANSnet system.

VicRoads grants Product Compliance Consultant Panel Membership to Advantech Design

Advantech Design has been granted membership to the VicRoads Product Compliance Consultants Panel.

Advantech Design are now accredited to provide Product Compliance Testing and Evaluation for

  • Active Advanced Warning Signs
  • Electronic Speed Limit Signs
  • Freeway Data Stations
  • Lane Use Signs
  • Vehicle Detection Systems
  • Traffic Signal Controllers

TRANSnet deployed in Adelaide Australia!

Advantech’s TRANSnet Public Transport Priority system has now been deployed in Adelaide, South Australia.

Information on bus route timetable information from the Adelaide MetroCard system is fed into the TRANSnet system to provide the most adaptable and effective Public Transport Priority system available today.

Regular data received from transponders fitted to public transport vehicles identifies a wide range of criteria including:

  • Route Identifiers
  • Specific Journey Pattern modifiers
  • Vehicle Location (geographical)
  • Schedule Adherence Information
  • Vehicle Operator
  • Vehicle at Stop information
  • Vehicle identifier
  • Route Information and Direction

TRANSnet makes intelligent decisions on the most appropriate form of priority to provide, and can escalate priority demands only if and when required. Special Intersection Recovery Options are included to restore normal operation as quickly as possible after priority intervention has been applied.

The TRANSnet Public Transport Priority system introduces a revolutionary approach to providing effective priority, and incorporates a totally new methodology to incorporate intelligent priority management of public transport vehicles. TRANSnet is fully SCATS(*)compatible, but could easily be adapted to other traffic control systems if required.

For more information, please refer to the TRANSnet page

* SCATS is a registered trademark of Roads and Maritime Services, NSW, Australia

TRIPS installed in Tauranga, NZ.

Advantech Design has installed their TRIPS product in Tauranga, New Zealand. Tauranga Council are using TRIPS for monitoring road traffic performance, vehicle delays, and travel times across a number of critical traffic routes througout the city. TRIPS has valuable tools for presenting road network productivity and performance.

TRANSnet Public Transport Priority

Advantech Design are pleased to announce the release of a new TRANSnet Public Transport Priority control system which has been designed to actively monitor public transport journey and travel times throughout the city area, and provide extremely advanced Public Transport Priority and Performance Reporting functions.

The system is a multi-user map-based application that processes live bus location information in real-time. The data feed front-end consists of a versatile Database Loader which currently receives and processes vehicle location data. All data is stored in a Relational Geospatial Database (Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2). This includes route data, virtual detector data, bus locations data, and all log reports.

Virtual Detector zones are created on the map surface by a privileged operator. All drawing, editing, configuration, reporting tools etc are incorporated into the package. Because detectors are created graphically, and can be placed anywhere, it is extremely versatile and requires no on-road hardware changes, controller or personality modifications etc. Detectors can be placed mid-block, at stop lines etc, with total flexibility. There are essentially no limits on the number of detectors, junctions, or Priority Activities that can be implemented by the system.

A comprehensive Calendar Scheduler allows different trigger point parameters to be applied to any virtual detector by time-of-day, day of week, etc. This allows for different priority operation for Peak Periods, Weekends, Public Holidays, etc.

Once priority is applied at an intersection, the system continually checks the trigger conditions, and can also escalate priority if required. Escalation is via a progressive linked-list so that there is essentially no upper limit to the number of different types of further priority that can be applied.

The system can be programmed to control more than one intersection once a trigger condition is detected. For example, if a bus is detected behind schedule,  corresponding cycle-length or phase-times might be increased at intersections further downstream to provide additional priority to assist to proactively restore the schedule, rather than waiting for the vehicle to be detected at other specific locations before commencing further priority improvements.

On screen hints allow the easy identification of individual vehicles, virtual detectors, traffic signals, journey patterns, bus garages etc.

Comprehensive performance reporting on vehicle journey times (absolute, average, exponentially weighted etc)  is also available and presented to the user via graphical (chart) and tabulated data displays. Once any report criteria has been defined, it can be optionally saved and recalled at any time for undertaking comparative performance purposes.

All events controlled by the system, as well as user actions are logged, and extensive reports with selection criteria filters are available to review this data.