Claire Legrand, Project Manager in Parifex, talks about core challenges faced by the public transport industry.
What are the core challenges faced by the public transport industry in relation to traffic management?
The greatest challenge nowadays is to improve road safety for all users. Speed has been identified by the World Health Organization as a key risk factor, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries. Speed contributes to about 30% to 50% of deaths on the road. This relationship between speed and injury severity is particularly critical for vulnerable road users as pedestrians or cyclists. Therefore, an effective speed enforcement system is the most efficient way of reducing road mortality. It is even more effective when you can adapt speed levels to the conditions meaning when the risk is higher (with rain, congestion, category of vehicle..). Once the safety of the users is guaranteed, the more important thing is to improve the user experience for all users and inhabitants.
We are also convinced that we are facing a deep ecological challenge for the future. According to the UN, 68% of the world population will live in a city by 2050 including an increase in the number of vehicles, traffic flows and inevitably congestions. The challenge will be to be able to reduce congestions and noise pollution, improving traffic flows and assisting drivers.
We are very aware of these challenges and we want to be involved in this evolution by helping local communities and governments to build a safer and more eco-friendly transport offer.
What solutions can PARIFEX offer the industry to overcome these challenges?
PARIFEX offers multifunctional systems that can address all the challenges at once : primarily developed for speed and red light enforcement, they are also great tools to deliver essential data to help traffic management : origin-destination matrix, very precise counting and statistics.
It provides a complete mapping of urban traffic flows in order to reduce congestion, manage flows and then reduce carbon emissions. Obviously, it also enables to improve users’ comfort who benefit from a fluid and pleasant journey.
Regarding our solutions, we have decided to combine 3D-LiDAR technology with a camera which provides a really innovative system that can : work with all wheather conditions, analysis data in real time thanks to quick processing, see colors etc. Our sensor is very precise, we got French certification, and adaptable since you can adjust the speed limit according to the category of vehicle detected and the lane of the vehicle, and to other parameters such as weather or congestion. Our solutions are adapted for urban areas and for highways. It’s the Swiss army knife making the operators’ use easier through the compact and light system and its user-friendly interface.
What are PARIFEX’s long-term goals for the public transport industry?
As every company, PARIFEX plays a role in protecting the environment. And the company is already involved in an eco-responsible approach through an environmental policy for its products, partners, and customers, the measure of its carbon footprint, the promotion of everyday responsible habits, to name but a few. And our products are included in this policy we have engaged for several years now. We would like to help the public transport industry to offer a safer and a better world, where every one has a safe and respected spot: pedestrian, cyclist, scooter, light vehicle, truck, bus… Make sure that everyone can travel according to its needs and constraints in harmony with the environment.