Q-Free has unveiled LaneAware, a web-based application to coordinate work zone activities and lane closures.
Q-Free said in a recent press release that LaneAware has been designed to save time and money for transportation agencies and the communities they serve, this stand-alone solution streamlines the lane management of work zones and recurring activities and large projects—reducing workload on agency staff and minimising traffic disruptions for drivers.
“It’s a simple concept with profound logistical implications,” said Morten Andersson, senior vice president of Q-Free America. “Right now, most lane closures are manually managed via phone calls and Excel spreadsheets, limiting efficiency and creating a nightmare for transportation management operations centres and contractors performing work. LaneAware solves these issues and provides traffic managers with much greater situational awareness while reducing impacts on the interstate and associated arterials.”
LaneAware intends to dramatically reduce the workload for transportation management centre (TMC) staff and construction coordinators by automating the lane closure approval process using user-defined business rules. Approved contractors may reserve specific lanes for closure within a certain time frame prior to the work, curbing last minute notifications and giving TMC staff advanced notice. It also notifies the appropriate stakeholders if two contractors attempt to set up conflicting lane closures. Once the lane closure reservation is made, agency staff can programme a response to inform travellers and help reduce accidents.
In line with Q-Free’s commitment to open standards and interfaces, the company said data from LaneAware can be easily integrated into 511 systems and other public-facing platforms using its flexible application programming interface (API). This added benefit provides the public, media, and transportation-focused businesses with the latest closure information, so drivers can plan their routes more efficiently.
Andersson said, “It’s a fantastic tool for managers who need to analyse congested regions or plan major projects. With the click of a button, managers can see everything that’s happening over time in a specific area. From mowing along the interstate to gantry work, it covers every type of pre-planned interstate work you can imagine.”
LaneAware aims to integrate easily with any advanced traffic management system (ATMS) on the market including Q-Free’s OpenTMS. “We’re excited to get this product into our customers’ hands because we know how much time and resources it’s going to save them. It’s also going to improve the quality of life for commuters by reducing congestion and cutting emissions, and at the end of the day, that’s why we keep innovating,” said Andersson.