UK invests in smarter networking for connected motorways

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Communication systems critical to UK highway infrastructure

A multi-million pound deal has been struck to provide robust connectivity across the UK road network to meet future mobility needs.

Highways England has selected a strategic IT partner in a deal worth over £6.7 million, which will see the company, Advanced, provide the major road network organisation with secure and compliant IT infrastructure hosting, helping it deliver a smoother, smarter and more sustainable strategic road network (SRN) across the country.

Highways England is committed to safely keeping traffic moving and better informing its road users. As part of the key initiatives detailed in its strategic business plan published in April 2015, it is moving to new Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) software from Kapsch. As Highways England’s technology partner, Advanced will provide mission-critical IT infrastructure hosting for the ATMS that adheres to stringent performance and availability targets.

Advanced delivered a tailored approach incorporating all the mission-critical services required. This encompasses 24×7 infrastructure management, backup and disaster recovery services in the event of an emergency, whilst also being agile enough to embrace ongoing innovation and be as cost effective as possible. The services are delivered through Advanced’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environment. All services are underpinned by robust service level agreements (SLAs) and meet stringent recovery time objectives (RTO), recovery point objectives (RPO) and round-trip time (RTT) requirements.

Roy Wood, Managing Director, IT Services – Advanced, said: “With around 40,000 devices connected to the Highways England road signs network and links to emergency services, this is a mission-critical operation which we absolutely thrive in managing. Helping Highways England to make a difference to the millions of drivers on British roads every day is an incredible accolade for our safe and secure approach to managed services.”

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