Monday, September 19, 2005

Alcatel to build "Smart Road" for UK Highways

Alcatel was awarded a EUR 120 million contract to build and deploy a converged high-speed telecommunication network alongside England's motorways. The project is managed by GeneSYS, the consortium selected to deploy the National Roads Telecommunications Services (NRTS) on behalf of the UK Highways Agency.

The UK Highways Agency currently manages and maintains 28 networks with data coming from over 11,000 roadside devices. Alcatel's installation of a single, IP-based optical backbone network will improve the transmission of various types of information - such as CCTV footage, variable messaging and electronic signalling - as well as enhance the delivery of commercial services such as emergency telephony.

Implementation will begin in 2006 with completion of the core transmission network planned for Q1 2007.

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