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03 February 2009

Mott MacDonald re-wins HALOGEN

Mott MacDonald has been re-awarded the Highways Agency’s HALOGEN and Information Systems contract for another four years, valued at approximately £4.6 million.

HALOGEN is the logging environment for the Highways Agency's traffic management systems (HATMS), providing centralised storage, retrieval and dissemination of both current and historical log data generated by HATMS equipment. Since 2001, Mott MacDonald has assisted the Highways Agency in its aim of ‘safe roads, reliable journeys and informed travellers’ by maintaining and operating HALOGEN and associated services.

Mott MacDonald designed and implemented HALOGEN services and is now responsible for supporting and maintaining HALOGEN, plus maintaining and developing functionality of provided services. The architecture of the core HALOGEN system has evolved from a secure data collector to include data warehousing and delivery of real-time information. HALOGEN’s data warehouse provides online accessibility to a growing resource of HATMS data with 3000 user reports being run per month.

Mott MacDonald’s project director, Alison MacKenzie said, “We are delighted to have been re-awarded the HALOGEN contract. The success of the current service and the Agency’s decision to re-award the contract to Mott MacDonald is a testament to the capability and efforts of our dedicated software development and support team. We are looking forward to continuing to develop and improve the HALOGEN system and working with the Agency’s Traffic Operations Team to ensure that the future needs of the Agency and the users of their services are met.”

Seven regional control centres gather HATMS log data and are responsible for operating the English network of motorways and trunk roads. There is logged data for each type of HATMS equipment (such as message signs and emergency telephones) operational events, status changes, operator actions and equipment faults.

This information is used to monitor and manage the current road conditions, to help identify faults in the HATMS technology, and, where required, to provide a court record for the state of matrix signals and message signs.

The HALOGEN system provides key data for maintenance contractors to focus their activities, providing real-time information on faulty equipment. This provides for the dissemination of HATMS log data and related and derived information via a range of intuitive tools and application interfaces. HALOGEN has in excess of 1400 registered users and currently provides a range of real-time and historical operational data reporting services, network access and security management to Agency staff as well as partner organisations.


Further information about HALOGEN

Services provided through the project can be categorised as:

1.Core services-
Core services are responsible for ensuring the receipt and safe storage of HATMS log data. Over 20,000,000 records of operational logged data from the Agency’s Traffic Management systems are received per month.

2.Information services

3. Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling (MIDAS) services-
This involves collecting MIDAS data from subsystems within the RCC’s and the analysis of MIDAS traffic counting data.

4. RCC services-
RCC services provide support for control centre systems including data transfer, remote maintenance access and an accurate time source.

5. Support services

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