Fund to aid digital upgrade to Kildare traffic signal system

Fault alert system technology is unreliable says TD

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Fund to aid digital upgrade to Kildare traffic signal system

Martin Heydon TD

Kildare is set to benefit from €41,250 for a local upgrade to the traffic signal communications under the Digital Innovation Programme, according to Fine Gael TD for Kildare South and chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, Martin Heydon.

All remote traffic signals installations in County Kildare such as signalised junctions, pelican crossings and speed signs connect to a remote monitoring system based in Kildare County Council headquarters.

The “Remote Monitoring System” alerts staff in the Traffic Management Centre of faults that occur on-site in order to rectify faults in a safe and timely manner.

Welcoming the funding, Deputy Heydon said the current system uses the old GMS telemetry, but this method of communication has become unreliable. “Service providers have indicated that they will no longer support this network and this method of communication will become obsolete.

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Deputy Heydon said this is an issue that will become increasingly relevant to other local authorities, but also gives Kildare County Council an opportunity to make these technologies 5G ready. This project will serve as a proof-of-concept initiative, improving the quality of connectivity to traffic lights.

“The project will include swapping out old style modems with digital supported modems and reconfiguring the sites with IP addresses on the RMS system in-station.

It will also involve carrying out a cost benefit analysis of operating cost of digital with telemetry dial up technology