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Siemens join as a networking partner

Manufacturing and electronics giant Siemens have joined the Road User Charging conference as a networking partner.  Siemens is a multinational company with headquarters in the German cities of Berlin and Munich and numerous branch offices abroad. It specialises in a variety of industries, ranging from energy management, electronics and building technologies through to mobility. Within the mobility industry, Siemens provide a variety of services, such as traffic control, infrastructure, parking management, and tolling solutions. Siemens’  electronically based tolling solutions include on board units, toll calculation in vehicle unit, toll calculation in the control centre, alongside the use of video and RFID technology. Alongside this, it also provides Sitraffic Dynafee toll calculation that is based on the traffic situation, in which the toll price is determined through demand and traffic flow.

Siemens is continuously providing innovative technology and solutions to improve all aspects of mobility. For example, Siemens is responsible for developing the new technology which has revolutionised the traffic light to increase its energy efficiency, reducing its energy consumption to 1-2 watts, allowing it to avoid more than 6 kilograms worth of carbon emissions per year.  This “1-watt technology” was first presented last year at the Intertraffic exhibition in Amsterdam, with pilot projects launched in Bolzano, Italy and in Bietigheim-Bissingen in Germany.

Another project that Siemens has been involved in is the development of technology which is designed to improve traffic flow and safety on one of the busiest freeways in Germany.  Siemens collaborated with Infineon to develop radar sensor technology that works to communicate directly with the vehicle to ensure more intelligent use of the infrastructure, increasing road efficiency and safely. This way, congestion and hazards can be avoided as drivers are informed of any dangerous situations at an early stage of their journey and correspondingly provided with alternatives. This is to be tested on the A9 freeway between Munich and Nuremberg in Germany as part of the “Digital Freeway Test Field” project initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Future plans are also set to include the help of autonomous vehicles.