ITS Equant consortium formed by Valerann, an innovative cutting-edge Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) SaaS company that specializes in advanced traffic management software, and Excelerate Technology, a Welsh tech company that offers satellite connectivity solutions, funded by ESA and supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult, successfully completed a factory acceptance test in Westcott Venture Park.
This innovative test shows that Valerann is able to provide full insight to the road's traffic irrespective of its communication infrastructure.
With the use of solar powered installation of Valerann’s IoT sensors and cameras provided by Excelerate, Valerann has successfully ingested data collected from the road, and linked through a satellite connection into their cloud based Real Time Fusion Engine to enable event detection and vehicle tracking including wrong way driving, stopped vehicles, slow moving vehicles and speeding. The Real Time Fusion Engine, leverages sophisticated Machine Vision and Data Fusion algorithms allowing access to real time traffic insights.
This is a significant milestone in a year-long project which will lead to a pilot installation of satellite connected cameras linked to Valerann’s intelligent traffic management platform. The system will provide up to 100% full visibility in real time to a UK operational control centre improving safety and traffic flow whilst reducing carbon emissions.
Co-founder and CEO, Gabriel Jacobson, said: “This trial successfully showcases that satellite connectivity can be utilized to provide effective road and traffic management by covering areas on the road which are not easily accessible by current communication networks.”
Kieran Arnold, Chief Architect for Future Communications Systems at the Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “Valerann was the first company to graduate our Business Incubation Centre in Westcott and it has been fantastic to work alongside the team for the last few years. This trial has marked a major milestone for Valerann in demonstrating what real time information can bring to the intelligent transport sector, and the vital role satellite connectivity plays in providing a resilient network for this.”