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16 January 2018

Mott MacDonald to help develop Highways England’s technology operations centre, UK

Mott MacDonald has been appointed to deliver an intelligent asset monitoring and management system that will support the development of Highways England’s technology operations centre. The Tools for the Technology Operations Centre (T-TOC) contract will see the consultancy and key partner Fujitsu develop and deliver a suite of software systems that will monitor and manage electronic assets across Highways England’s network.

With nearly 100,000 intelligent infrastructure devices across Highways England’s strategic road network (SRN), the efficiency and reliability of their operation and maintenance is critical for future infrastructure programmes and the safety of Highways England customers. T-TOC will enable a more efficient system of electronic traffic management, enabling Highways England to centralise operational decision-making, providing data that informs demand models, predicts future needs and identifies areas for investment.

Alison Mackenzie, Mott MacDonald's project director, said: "Having successfully delivered traffic and infrastructure management technology for Highways England since 1998, we have a deep understanding of the critical role these tools have supporting the SRN. We’re looking forward to working closely with Highways England and Fujitsu to deliver the T‑TOC system and improve the performance and availability of SRN technology assets. This will support Highways England in meeting the requirements of the UK Government's Roads Investment Strategy.”

Russell Goodenough, managing director of Fujitsu’s transportation business, commented: “Innovative digital approaches are transforming all aspects of our transport infrastructure. We’re delighted to complement Mott MacDonald’s deep pedigree in the sector with our global digitisation expertise to accelerate transformation for Highways England. Fujitsu’s track record of delivering agile projects such as this reinforces our position as one of Europe’s leading ServiceNow implementation partners.”

Highways England senior project manager Janet Foreman added: “Highways England cares about journeys on its roads. We are planning to improve the way we monitor and maintain our technology, such as signals and CCTV, by introducing a new technology operations centre that will support operational regions using commercial off-the-shelf products to improve the accuracy of information provided to road users and therefore result in more reliable journeys.”

The T-TOC contract is due to be completed in 2019, with the potential to extend service provision for a further four years.

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