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HALOGEN Information Services, UK

We look beyond the capabilities of enterprise relational databases and utilise new technologies for harnessing big data.

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Halogen delivers on a big data challenge
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Halogen delivers on a big data challenge The architecture of the core HALOGEN system has evolved from a secure data collector to include data warehousing and delivery of real-time information.
Client
Highways England
Expertise
Systems developer and maintainer

Opportunity

From 2001 to 2016, we have operated and maintained HALOGEN, Highways England’s traffic management system. HALOGEN is the central source for HATMS (Highways Agency Traffic Management Systems) logged data. This includes matrix and variable message sign settings, emergency roadside telephone call records, equipment fault records and identification and location of equipment on the motorway network in England.

Solution

Our team developed a range of reporting tools, websites and system interfaces to allow user access to real-time and historic data. The data throughput and secure storage requirements made this a big data challenge. The system needed to retain at least three years’ worth of data and report on recent events with a near real-time response. Multiple data inputs from disparate systems were collated, verified and processed so that the published data was fit for stakeholder use.

Outcome

HALOGEN allows our client to:

  • Analyse the performance of its road network in a variety of ways
  • Assess the effectiveness of the roadside technology that supports the network
  • Provide a real-time feed of fault data to its roadside telecommunications and technology managing agents
  • Compile accurate court witness statements for the Crown Prosecution Service as well as the police
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