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  1. 1. The City of Portsmouth PORTAL Case Study Digital Cities Convention, Philadelphia 2005 John Domblides Team Leader Intelligent Transport Systems Portsmouth City Council
  2. 2. Presentation • Background of Portsmouth • Transport Modes and Infrastructure • Communications overview • ‘PORTAL’ Presentation
  3. 3. Where are we? United Kingdom
  4. 4. United Kingdom London Portsmouth
  5. 5. City of Portsmouth • Coastal city forming an island. 5x4 miles – with population of 186,701 (2001 census). – growing to 215,000 during university term times. • Sub-regional centre for shopping, employment and leisure. • Tourist numbers exceed 6,500,000 pa • Limited Transport Accessibility: – motorway, one arterial road, a local distributor and a heavy rail link. • Heavy congestion during peak hours along major routes. – Limited opportunities to provide alternative road access to and from the City.
  6. 6. PORTSMOUTH Transport Modes & Infrastructure MAIN ROAD NETWORK A27 M27 A203 0 EA STER MA N RD IN R A IL M275 WA LO YL ND IN K ON S R D Local Ferries Eu r Fr ope IOW an a Fe ce n Fe rri t an es r af d S ries cr er pa v in Ho
  7. 7. Existing Integrated Transport • Bus/Taxi Quality Partnerships • 360 Buses equipped with Transponders • Bus location Processors, for: – Bus Priority at Signal Junctions (12) – Bus journey time software (COMET); and – Rising Bollard Access Control sites
  8. 8. Proposed Integrated Transport • LRT (Light Rapid Transit) – completion 2007 now rejected by Central Government • Monorail (Planned) • Park and Ride (Planned) • Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) [Bus/Trains/LRT/Coaches/Ferries] Using (Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) through Global Positioning by Satellite (GPS) and next Generation (4G) Digital Network) with public kiosks and displays (Stops and Interchanges)
  9. 9. Proposed (2002) Communication Overview • Initially utilising GPRS • Next step will be Digital Mobile Broadband Wireless (4G) – Mesh Enabled Architecture (MEA) within the City • Advantages of MEA – Secure and Integrated solution for voice, data and video transfer – Flexibility to expand and maintain – Reduction to on-going revenue costs – Operates in the licence free 2.4GHz Frequency • MEA will be implemented in Stages: – Operation of an i+ kiosk at Portsmouth and Southsea Station – RTPI displays and I+ kiosks integrated into bus shelters – Wireless LAN to download bus schedules / software / running data – Primary communication within City (GPRS as fallback) – UTC, VMS and Siespace client use concurrently
  10. 10. Mesh Enabled Architecture
  11. 11. MEA – Next Step • Integrate MEA into UTC Data Transfer - now operational • Variable Message Sign communications • IP based CCTV images • Radio Network for Parking Attendants • Internet to Schools and Community Centres • Plus any other opportunities
  12. 12. Real Time Passenger Information In Portsmouth “The PORTAL Project”
  13. 13. PORTAL POrtsmouth’s PO Real Time integrAted traveLler information system Transport Direct RTI19
  14. 14. Delivering ‘PORTAL’ Programme: • Project Started - APRIL 2002 (DfT Award) • Planning/Design/Consultation – Commenced • GPRS/Meshnetwork chosen for data transfer • Continuous Risk Assessment commenced April 2002 • Preferred Supplier chosen – OCTOBER 2002 • Site testing (Internet Kiosks) – 3 months commencing September 2003 • Stops/Buses equipped – December 2003 (Demonstration System) • “LIVE” RTPI System – DECEMBER 2003
  15. 15. PORTAL Project Stakeholders Public Transport Operators Systems Manufacturers/Suppliers Consultants
  16. 16. PORTAL Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) Using Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) from Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) and (GPRS)/MESH to deliver bus location and arrival time data, “Real Time”, information can be transmitted to public kiosks and displays, via the AVL server using Fibre/ADSL/Mesh/802.11b The displays are integrated into bus stops and I+ kiosks at transport Interchanges.
  17. 17. PORTAL Communication Architecture ADSL ADSL ETHERNET MESH Firewall Leased Line, ADSL or Mesh Radio MESH
  18. 18. Real Time Information Bus Stops I+ Information Kiosk
  19. 19. 5.8GHz / 54mbs Radio Link
  20. 20. RS1000D / BT 100mbs Datalink
  21. 21. MESH IAPs MESH Routers
  22. 22. PORTAL Real Time Information Bus Stops Providing travellers with free access to: • Real time bus arrival information • Journey planning • Real time traffic and travel news • Timetables • Transport ticket sales • Maps and walking links • Tourism and e-government services • Real Time Train arrivals and departures (UK’s first)
  23. 23. PORTAL Real Time Bus Arrival Information Display • Hi bright LCD display screen • Accessing information over hi speed internet (ADSL) and Mesh/802.11b wireless • Fully integrated within the Adshel bus shelter • Providing significant advantages over traditional LED displays
  24. 24. PORTAL Real Time Bus Arrival Information Display • Real time update on bus arrivals • Branding opportunities for Council and operators • Clear text and graphics
  25. 25. PORTAL Destination Information • Destination information • Real-time disruptions “Due to street works, all buses in the city centre may be delayed” • Public announcements – Events, or important announcements
  26. 26. PORTAL I+ Touch Screen Terminal Equipped with: • Accessible touch screen • On-screen keyboard for data entry…
  27. 27. PORTAL I+ Touch Screen Terminal • Thermal printer to print out maps, tickets and journey plans • Card reader to accept payments for travel tickets. Ready for smartcards • Free email facility
  28. 28. Commercial Road
  29. 29. Highland Road
  30. 30. Highland Road
  31. 31. Lessons learned • Implementation costs : will always be more than expected • The technology employed moves faster than the project • Most of all Aim HIGH!! : “low aspirations will result in mediocre results”
  32. 32. Thank You For Your Attention Any Questions ?