Idox Transport has a great deal of case studies to draw upon to highlight distinctive and unique features of our product and appproach. Here are a few to begin with.
Oxfordshire County Council's Dynamic Park and Ride
As a bolt on to our Journey Times Engine, Idox Transport has delivered Oxfordshire County Council, a real time model to produce short and medium term predictions for car park occupancy based on live data from Argonaut comparing this with historical data. Feeding the modelling programme with historical and real time data, the information returned once complete can be used to change the assumptions and values used in the real time algorithm. Using the congestion data available within the system, Argonaut will route vehicles to the most appropriate Park and Ride or when a car park has reached capacity. Real time predictions are thus made whilst offline modelling is also completed and used to augment the system.
The system has the ability to create a future forecast demand enabling a prediction of the likely levels of car park occupancy to be determined at a user specified future time to allow for the likely vehicle journey time.
The Idox Transport Argonaut system can calculate the most effective alternative car park (or park and ride site) likely to have spaces within the forecast travel time journey time and route vehicles accordingly to the appropriate one with spaces. This ensures that car drivers are routed automatically to a car park which will have a space for that driver by the time he/she has driven 30 minutes around the ring road. So for example if the nearest car park is full then the VMS will route the driver to the next nearest car park that will still have spaces by the time the driver has driven there. A typical message might say "SEACOURT CAR PARK FULL. USE THORNHILL VIA A34 NORTH" This message will change fully automatically each minute based on the ever changing levels of predicted car park occupancies and journey times to those car parks.
Here is what the authority thought of working with Idox Transport:
"Oxfordshire County Council has been using Idox Transport for strategic traffic and travel management command and control for nearly three years. Our traffic engineers use the system on a daily basis to control variable message signs, urban traffic control and park and ride sites to ensure optimal network operation. The contract to date has been worth over £300,000. Idox Transport delivered functionality over and above the contract and continue to work closely with us to deliver a system that meets our particular needs. They have been a pleasure to do business with and we have been impressed with their ‘can do' attitude. We look forward to working with Idox Transport in the future and would recommend them to other authorities without hesitation." - Ruth Anderson, Senior Traffic Management & Control Engineer, Oxfordshire County Council.
Surrey County Council's Temporary Traffic Signals
Idox Transport is constantly looking for innovative ways in which to help the Authority reduce their workload and save revenue. To this end we have developed an optional bolt on which permits third party contractors to register Temporary Traffic Signal Applications online for Surrey County Council.
Using Argonaut Roles, Surrey may create new users within the system and assign them to a contractor role. Users with this role are able to login to Argonaut and view only those pages relevant to their role.
Approved third party contractors may add an application for temporary roadworks to Argonaut using an electronic application form on Argonaut. The form has compulsory static fields that need to be completed by the contractor before it can be submitted. Each application has an individual system generated identifying number/reference which is displayed to the user on completion. Completed applications are held waiting approval by a council officer. For example, an email may be sent to alert operators of new application.
An additional page in Argonaut will display all temporary signals. A new/edit/delete option is available to users with suitable permissions. All users are able to view/edit/delete applications that they themselves have submitted. The user has the ability to filter the status of applications on the screen; the temporary page is similar to existing pages as shown alongside.
An engineer may set up a strategy with a completed application as a trigger. This will enable emails and SMS messages to be sent once a new form has been completed. A council officer has the ability to approve applications or reject them with comments. Rejected applications are then emailed back to the applicant with comments and logged in the common database.
Accepted applications are published in Voyager under travel disruptions with a dedicated icon (red triangle with a signal head inside). Temporary signals are filterable and the council will need to specify which fields are to be shown on Voyager, (all fields will be shown on Argonaut). Information about temporary signals will appear in the same format as a road work, e.g. summary info when hovered over or viewed in a table. Additional info will be available by clicking on the summary.
Dorset County Council's Olympic Preperations
Idox Transport has linked together Siemens SCOOT, Pips Journey Times Monitoring System, Travel Information Highway supplied DATEX II, Siemens Remote Monitoring System, BBC TPEG, EXOR Roadworks, Findlay Irvine Weather Stations, Closed Circuit Television, Siemens Prefect and AIM supplied RTPI Vehicle & Stop Centric Information all in preparation for the sailing events in Dorset. Dorset is using the Idox Transport Argonaut CDB Strategy Manager, Dynamic Maps, Document Manager, Reporting Services, Archiving, Filter Manager, Journey Times Engine and Route Checker as well as other innovative and user friendly products to manage and monitor traffic through out the county.
The key issue in delivering Dorset was interfacing to various Siemens systems. In any interface it is essential that both parties want to make the interface a success, naturally Siemens were not overly helpful in facilitating an interface to us as a new competitor in an account which for geographical reasons they were very sensitive about losing; however this was achieved and has since been replicated in many places successfully.
In a UTMC first, this data is being combined with Hampshire, Bournemouth and Poole UTMC systems onto Dorset Voyager for the travellers of the Greater Dorset area.
Argonaut CDB, the Idox Transport Common Database has been developed in partnership with Dorset County Council. The benefit of this approach as with all customers is that the Argonaut CDB product is tailored to the exact specification of the users. Users are also given all upgrades as part of a maintenance contract, so all customers benefit from the latest code.