Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Company Profile - Schneider's Smart Solutions




Schneider Electric delivers efficient and sustainable urban infrastructure through collaboration. It covers 5 key areas of a Smart City, supported by state-of-the-art services and capabilities across a global footprint. It offers each city the best custom-made solution to its own needs because each city is different and each Smart City project is specific. It brings recognised integration capabilities through EcoStruxure architectures and Telvent softwares.


Smart Mobility Traffic at work

The company has offered years of demonstrated expertise in developing, deploying, and supporting complex transportation management solutions in Europe, North and South America, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East – with intelligent transportation systems (ITS) successfully managing some of the world’s most complex and congested markets. Its traffic solutions are helping to optimise daily traffic conditions, increase customer satisfaction, enhance road safety, and protect the environment at installations serving the following:

  • Sao Paulo Urban Transportation Center (Brazil)
  • Panama City UTC
  • Madrid Mobility Management Center (Spain)
  • Rosario UTC Project (Argentina)
  • Lebanon UTC Project
  • Beijing Supercenter (Mobility Management Project)



Schneider Electric SmartMobility Traffic is part of Schneider Electric SmartMobility (formerly Telvent) Road Suite of inter-related, application-specific modules that can be installed either as a full suite or as individual applications. This flexibility and scalability helps meet specific traffic control needs today and extend control systems efficiently to meet tomorrow’s challenges.



Mumbai Urban Traffic Management

The Greater Mumbai area has more than 18 million residents and bears more than four million vehicles daily on its roads and highway system. For the past few years, traffic volume has increased 10 percent per year. Mumbai is located on a peninsula with only three major access routes to the city.



The challenge

Because geography limits physical access, Mumbai traffic infrastructure cannot be expanded to accommodate the growing vehicle volumes. In addition to the traffic bottlenecks caused by limited access, weather conditions typical of the area often exacerbate transportation flow problems. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) realized optimised traffic management was necessary for improving Mumbai’s urban mobility and reducing air pollution – and that the legacy traffic control center technology required significant upgrade to meet these challenges.



The Schneider Electric solution

In 2007, the MCGM awarded its Mumbai City Mobility Management project to Telvent (Now Schneider Electric), based on the company’s successful urban mobility solutions deployed worldwide. Of particular interest to the MCGM was the ability of the proposed Schneider Electric solution to embrace traffic control using both in-road magnetic loop detectors and remote video surveillance devices to assure automated control in good or bad weather and in varying traffic volumes. The SmartMobility Traffic solution developed and installed by Schneider Electric was configured as an Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS) that alters traffic signal cycles in real time, based on the in-situ sensors or surveillance devices, to respond to changing traffic conditions. The architecture of the ATCS is fully distributed, so that traffic information from individual controllers at each intersection is available to master controllers that can synchronise a group of the individual controllers.

The main control center receives information from all master controllers, allowing operators to monitor the entire system continuously, issue control commands when necessary, and optimise deployment of field personnel as needed for operations and traffic security. Centralised information collection supports statistical analysis and historical files for subsequent strategic evaluation. A remote control centre backs up this main control centre for optimum security. This dynamic system controlling 253 highway intersections, also allows programmed control during certain week days and time of day.



The results

The Mumbai City Mobility Management project has been highly effectively in reducing periodic congestion: statistical analysis shows traveler time has been reduced by 12 percent. The city reports improved traffic flow has also resulted in reduced air pollution levels. To save the city further, installing LED lights in the traffic signals has reduced the energy consumption of the signal system by
85 percent.

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