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Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
MHI Completes Highway Traffic Management System in Sri Lanka
- New System is Contributing to Enhanced Road Traffic Safety And Easing of Congestion in this Emerging Economy -

TOKYO, Aug 10, 2015 - (JCN Newswire) - A highway traffic management system (HTMS) delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has newly gone onstream in Sri Lanka. The installation is the country's first full-scale system of its kind, and it is expected to contribute significantly to improved safety and reduced congestion on a local expressway.

MHI Completes Highway Traffic Management System in Sri Lanka

The HTMS was installed on Sri Lanka's Southern Expressway spanning from Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka, to Matara, a distance of approximately 120 kilometers (km). Construction work was performed under a grant-in-aid provided by the Japanese Government (Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA]).

Based on a package agreement concluded in November 2013 with the Sri Lankan authority placing the order - the Road Development Authority (RDA) - MHI handled all aspects from engineering, procurement and installation to adjustment and operation training. The company provided some 30 sets of full-color traffic information signboards, approximately 40 sets of vehicle detection cameras, weather sensors and other roadside equipment, as well as the central computer systems for data processing, operating status monitoring, etc. Preliminary design work and construction supervision were carried out by Oriental Consultants Co., Ltd. and East Nippon Expressway Company Limited (NEXCO East).

Sri Lanka's Southern Expressway opened in November 2011 and will eventually be connected into neighboring expressways already in operation. In addition, new expressway construction is currently under way in the country in preparation for an anticipated dramatic increase in vehicle traffic in the coming years. The newly delivered HTMS is designed to provide expressway users with timely traffic information during inclement weather and when accidents occur. In this way the system will help prevent congestion and accidents caused by natural disasters, thus contributing to the realization of safe, smooth high-speed road traffic.

MHI has an abundant track record both in Japan and abroad as a leading manufacturer of toll collection systems, including electronic toll collection (ETC) systems, for expressways, parking lots, etc. Today the company is applying the technologies and experience cultivated through these operations to aggressive initiatives in the field of intelligent transport systems (ITS), the social infrastructure of the next generation.

Leveraging delivery of the new HTMS for an expressway in Sri Lanka, going forward MHI intends to focus efforts into sales expansion in overseas markets through proposals of traffic management system specifications and functions best suited to the situations of the emerging economies, etc. At the same time, by proposing comprehensive ITS solutions encompassing expressway toll collection and communication systems, the company aims to contribute to the realization of enhanced road traffic safety and reduced congestion, to achieve pleasant transportation environments.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world's leading industrial firms. For more than 130 years, we have channeled big thinking into solutions that move the world forward - advancing the lives of everyone who shares our planet. We deliver innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries, covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI Group employs 80,000 people across 400 locations, operating in three business domains: "Power Systems," "Industry & Infrastructure," "Aircraft, Defense & Space." We have a consolidated revenue of around 40 billion U.S. Dollars. We aim to contribute to environmental sustainability while achieving global growth, using our leading-edge technologies. By bringing people and ideas together as one, we continue to pave the way to a future of shared success.

For more information, please visit MHI's website: https://www.mhi.com
For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA: https://spectra.mhi.com

Hideo Ikuno
[email protected] 

Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Topic: Press release summary
Sectors: Engineering
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