FIMA has started the Traffic Information Centre‘s equipment works

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FIMA‘s specialists have started equipping the Traffic Information Centre (TIC) as part of the last phase of the project on implementation of the Lithuanian Road Traffic Information System. The centre will be equipped with a modern video wall: in eight video cubes, specialists will monitor data on traffic and weather conditions on the roads. The information will be transmitted to drivers and the special services via the Internet or via mobile phone networks in real time.

“Modern technologies will enable the Traffic Information Centre‘s operators to monitor traffic conditions on the roads and to give warnings about road accidents, road repair works, traffic restrictions or traffic jams. Thus people will be warned in advance about potential dangers and will be able to choose their driving time, safe speed, and suitable route“, says Gintaras Cilcius, Head of the Traffic Information and Control Department of the Lithuanian Road Authority.

Under the Road Traffic IS project, FIMA has already provided 43 automated road weather conditions‘ information stations in addition to the existing network of 48 stations.  The stations will transmit to the TIC information system (which is currently being developed and tested) data on the water levels or ice layers on road coverings, visibility, air temperature, wind speed and other important parameters.

Under this project, FIMA is also installing transport intensity meters on the Vilnius – Kaunas – Klaipėda highway. This equipment will provide information on the numbers and types of vehicles etc., which is necessary for planning the road network, repair works, and for the justification of road maintenance expenses etc.

The public will find information on traffic conditions on the dedicated website www.eismoinfo.lt, which is to be launched this autumn; it will also be possible to receive such information by post or to one‘s mobile phone.

It is planned that the project will be completed in the autumn of 2011. The project is co-financed by the European Union.