The Traffic Control Centers currently have access to large amounts of information. This information is available in different systems and user interfaces. When a given event is to be handled, the operator must seek information in a variety of sources and decide what information is relevant. Based on technology development, we can say with certainty that the amount of information will increase in the coming years. In order to make use of this information, we must treat it in a smart and secure way.
Norway and Sweden are now seeking a system solution that shall be user-friendly and user-efficient, and will support traffic operators in handling events throughout the value chain from the event occurring until it ends. This includes functionality for traffic management and functionality for the production and distribution of road, traffic and incidents reports.
The reason Norway and Sweden want to collaborate on such systems is that the countries have coherent organisation, coherent need for traffic management, the same type of road network, the same type of incidents, the same need for traffic information and many roads crossing the borders. Norway alone have 5 Traffic Control Centres, and the Traffic Control Centre in Bergen is monitoring over 260 tunnels on the west coast. That includes urban tunnels, sub sea tunnels and the longest tunnel in the world (Laerdal tunnel). The other regions and the traffic control centres in Sweden handle all kind of issues from distant low traffic tunnels to urban tunnels with a large amount of traffic on daily basis.
Norway and Sweden are already collaborating on many road and transport issues and it is natural to seek solutions together also when it comes to traffic management and systems at the Traffic Control Centres.
A co-operation agreement was signed on January 11, 2017.
The Public Roads Administration in Norway says that the cooperation agreement concerns cooperation to develop a common solution that will provide the basis for a solution that gives traffic operators in the road traffic centers a common, unified, integrated user interface.