Siemens to equip Turkish suspension bridge with traffic control technology

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Siemens has been awarded a contract valued around €17 million to equip what will be the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world with traffic control technology. The 3km-long bridge is part of a freeway project linking the cities of Istanbul and Izmir in Western Turkey. Commissioning is scheduled for 2015.

Siemens will supply the traffic control system, monitoring technology and components for the technical infrastructure such as communication and camera equipment, energy supply, lighting and ventilation.

The nucleus is the integrated operations and traffic control technology centre. The traffic control system combines all operating and traffic data in the control centre, guides the traffic flows and monitors the situation on the freeway bridge. The operations control technology controls lighting, ventilation and energy distribution and supply on the bridge.

The construction of the bridge and the 420km-long highway between Istanbul and Izmir is part of the largest freeway project in Turkey to date. This new six-lane bridge connection will cut the travel time between both cities from eight to four hours. The new freeway will also relieve inner-city traffic congestion in Istanbul.

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