04 July 2022

The most modern traffic control system in Poland is launched - ITS Tychy

New Intelligent Transport System in Tychy

  • At the end of June 2022, work on the most advanced and extensive traffic control system in Poland was completed.
  • Priority for buses and trolleybuses, clear information for drivers and passengers, weighing trucks, measuring car speed and infrastructure cooperation with autonomous vehicles - these are selected possibilities of the new ITS system in Tychy.
  • The implementation of the system in Tychy was handled by Yunex Sp. z o.o., which is part of the global company Yunex Traffic.

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) allow to improve and manage traffic. The majority of Western European metropolises already use ITS: Cities like Amsterdam, Paris or London have extensive experience in implementing ITS. In large Polish cities such as Warsaw, Poznań, Białystok, Rzeszów or Kraków, communication is increasingly regulated and improved by these technologies. Now Tychy is joining them.

What does the Tychy ITS consist of?

"ITS in Tychy is one of the largest projects implemented in our city and one of the most developed traffic control systems in Poland. ITS gives us a whole range of tools and possibilities to conduct various analyses, measurements and traffic simulations. All this is to make the roads in Tychy safer and the traffic flow smoother," says Andrzej Dziuba, the mayor of Tychy.

The heart of the entire system is the modern and one of the largest in Poland (nearly 400 m2) Traffic Control Centre located in the premises of the Tychy stadium. It gathers current traffic information and it is also the main traffic monitoring centre with almost 600 monitoring cameras, together with a number plate recognition system. In the event of an accident, the system will immediately provide such information and enable a message about difficulties to be displayed on 72 boards in selected points of the city. Drivers will learn, among other things, how to avoid road obstructions related to road works, mass events or resulting traffic jams.

It does not end there. As part of the system, more than 40 intersections in the city have been built or modernised, including those along Mikołowska, Katowicka, Bielska, Niepodległości, Sikorskiego and Oświęcimska streets, together with the installation of a full traffic control and monitoring system.

An important element of the system is the priority at intersections for over 170 buses and trolleybuses, as well as 15 emergency vehicles. Moreover, nearly 20 weather monitoring stations have been installed on the streets of Tychy, along with the measurement of pollution and noise levels. and noise levels, as well as 20 boards informing about the availability of parking spaces along with 6 stands for charging electric vehicles.

The use of data from 6 speed measurement sections and 5 dynamic weighing stations for lorries in motion will improve the safety of travelling on the roads of Tychy.

All the functionalities of the new ITS system, together with information on traffic conditions and a journey planner, have been included in a dedicated information portal for residents.

"The system will guarantee the so-called reliability of travel time, i.e. it will make it possible to reach the destination within a specified time. Ultimately, when the ITS system is calibrated and becomes fully functional, we will certainly all notice and feel the improvement in traffic flow," assures Artur Kruczek, Director of the Municipal Road and Bridge Authority in Tychy.

Vehicles connected to infrastructure on roads in Tychy

The undertaking was implemented between 2019 and 2022 by Yunex Traffic. Its total cost together with the reconstruction of intersections amounted to approximately PLN 121 million, of which nearly 85 per cent is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, from the pool for the so-called low-emission urban transport. These funds were included in the Regional Operational Programme of the Silesian Voivodship.

The ITS system in Tychy was created on the basis of the most modern existing solutions as well as future technologies, including, among others, cooperation of road infrastructure with autonomous vehicles.

"Tychy is the first city in Poland to receive a key solution so that autonomous vehicles can also be operated in the future. These possibilities result from the functionality of special transmitters in V2X technology, transmitting real-time information about road conditions directly to the vehicles. Yunex Traffic implements these systems in several locations in the USA, as well as in Germany, Holland, Great Britain or Singapore. Thanks to the ITS Tychy project, solutions are also appearing in Poland - adds Dariusz Obcowski, President of the Management Board of Yunex Sp. z o.o.

Apart from Tychy, Yunex Sp. z o.o. realizes ITS projects in the biggest Polish cities - Warsaw, Cracow, Poznań, Białystok, Rzeszów, on express roads and tunnels all over Poland, as well as manages the created technical infrastructure.