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Meet the international development team optimizing traffic flow in Belgium!

At Yunex Traffic, we develop innovative mobility solutions that are making our cities safer, more efficient and more sustainable. Yutraffic FUSION is one of these technologies – an adaptive traffic control solution that enables cities to intelligently manage their traffic in real-time to ensure optimized road networks and smooth traffic flow for all road users.

In 2024, Yutraffic FUSION was officially certified for the Mobilidata ITS-App in Belgium – a cloud-based platform for governments, companies and researchers to bring their innovative traffic management solutions to the citizens of Belgium.

We take the opportunity to introduce you to some of the team involved! What is special about the team? They demonstrate that expertise and innovation knows no boundaries! Not only is the team located across Belgium, the UK, Czech Republic and India, they are a team that consists of colleagues from #TeamYunexTraffic as well as long-term partners. Through collaboration and innovation, the team is making a true difference for our customers and industry. Meet them below!

Hi all! Can you tell us about your role within the project?

David: Of course! I’ve been with Yunex Traffic for 8 years and I am the Product Owner of the traffic light controller and actuation portfolio in Belgium. In my role, I am responsible for defining the roadmap for Yutraffic FUSION and how it integrates into the Mobilidata ITS-App, as well as communicating with all stakeholders and leveraging my technical expertise to lead this new solution towards success. The project team and I are located across various regions, bringing together a wide range of perspectives and expertise that drive innovation, resilience, efficiency and quality. And by working closely with long-term partners, we can also adapt our workload and resources to ensure flexibility and responsiveness within the project too. It’s pretty cool that we do not all need to work in the same office to collaborate and make a difference together!

Pavel: I am part of 3Pillar Global, a long-term external partner of Yunex Traffic! I have however been part of the core Yutraffic FUSION team for over three years now. My role could best be described as a Software Engineer and I mostly work on implementing new features to ensure the technology is continually advancing and meeting the needs of customers.

Indrajeet: I am part of Siemens Advanta, a long-term partner with Yunex Traffic. Similar to Pavel, I have also been a part of the core Yutraffic FUSION team for over three years now. Working as a Software Engineer in the project, my role primarily focuses on backend developments of the solution.

James: I’ve been with Yunex Traffic for 6 years and I am the Product Owner for Yutraffic FUSION. I oversee and manage the international team who are developing this new adaptive traffic control solution. This is a really interesting role because we are developing the solution so that it can be made available to traffic engineers all over the world. As a result, there are many different traffic control philosophies, requirements and technologies which FUSION should adhere to and integrate with. It is certainly exciting!  

Sam: I have worked as a Developer in the Belgian team for around one year now. I am a freelance software engineer and was delighted to join the Yunex Traffic team for this project! I focus on the local and specific developments which are needed to ensure the compliance of our Yutraffic FUSION solution with the Mobilidata architecture. These include communication with the traffic light controller, the sending of events and alarms to a central system and also communicating with roadside information systems.

We recently received the certificate to participate in Mobilidata tenders in Flanders, Belgium. Can you describe the journey to get there?

James: The most interesting part for me was forming a development strategy to make best use of the wealth of data and the traffic control opportunities that the Mobilidata system provides. For example, we planned to make use of all the new data sources in a standardized way – so Connected Vehicles in Flanders ultimately feed into our optimization algorithms in a similar way to buses in London. This means that learnings and experience gained in one region can be easily transferred to improve user experience and provide traffic management performance benefits in another.

Pavel: We actually started working towards the certification requirements around 3 years ago when I joined the team. So, there has been a lot of effort from the whole team involved. What I appreciated along the journey was how people from different teams and countries were able to get together and work towards this common goal.

David: The foundations of how we used to actuate traffic light controllers in Flanders have been completely shaken up by this new era of traffic actuation in the cloud. It’s pretty exciting! A lot of new technologies and tools had to be learned, new use cases were, and are, further standardized during the project execution and the flexibility of the team involved has been really great. We are delighted to achieve this milestone! Despite not working from the same location, everyone came together to drive this project forward. The different perspectives and ideas combined with team members’ expertise across various regions and partners have definitely enriched the project!

What are the next steps and how would you like to see the product evolve? What are you looking forward to?

David: I am very excited to roll out our product at some intersections in Belgium. It’s going to give us a lot of insights on how to further enhance the technology. Ultimately, the solution should make people happy! Traffic engineers should be able to configure FUSION in a user-friendly way, customers should be able to gather useful data from their installations and road users should feel that traffic is handled efficiently. That is the goal!

Indrajeet: I am excited to see the product gain more traction in the market, which means any new or outstanding features would be developed – thus maturing the product even more. Apart from this utilization of more Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, it will be great to further enhance various algorithms over time.

Sam: As a next step, I would like to see FUSION in action on some intersections in Belgium. See how our work from the past months is translated into an optimized traffic flow and see how the various use cases are handled.

What does the future of traffic in our cities look like to you?

Indrajeet: With the emergence of new age products and technologies, the future looks very optimistic. Smarter machines, an abundance of data and greater awareness of traffic management will only lead to more products that manage traffic more efficiently.

James: I think we’re moving towards a world where all users of the transportation system will expect higher levels of infrastructure interaction and personal control of their journeys – regardless of their mode choice, which will empower groups like pedestrians and cyclists. This might include personally tailored travel suggestions from local authorities such as optimal speed or route choice, which then allows their ITS installations to better predict and manage volumes of traffic, or it may include road users being allowed to personally request specific turning or priority signals.

Pavel: For me, the future will involve much more direct communication between all traffic users – and that will help us be more efficient about traffic control. I am very curious about what will happen when autonomous vehicles will become common in the traffic mix in our cities, and how it will change our industry in general. I expect it to bring some revolutionary changes!

If you could say anything to a person considering a Research & Development role at Yunex Traffic – what advice would you give?

Sam: During the project several specific things had to be implemented, some with limited or unclear information. While it may be difficult at first, we were able to reach our goal by breaking it down into manageable tasks. Don’t be afraid of new and difficult things; Be eager to learn, conduct thorough research and preparation and gain hands-on experience!

David: In a very fast-moving world, it is difficult to keep up with every new technology these days. This rapid pace demands a continuous commitment to learning and adaptation. Try to develop yourself by attending training courses and thinking about how to do things better. What I personally also find very important is communication, well-defined processes and being a team player. You can be the best developer but without these elements it will not be possible to create a successful product. In our globally connected environment, opportunities for innovation are also boundless! Collaborating with colleagues and partners from around the world allows us to draw on diverse perspectives and knowledge and drive forward groundbreaking solutions. By having a global approach, we truly show that innovation knows no boundaries! By embracing continuous learning, effective communication and teamwork, we can leverage international opportunities to create impactful and sustainable products. So, you may just work on international projects and get to work with colleagues from all over the world, too!

James: We are very well positioned within our markets to trial and deploy innovative traffic systems with far reaching impacts which can influence the future of our world. As well as software development skills, you’ll need the interest and ability to apply these to our transportation domain and research ecosystem. This is a great place to be if you’re interested in such engineering challenges and you’ll be in good company among some of the most talented professionals already with us!

Feeling inspired? Become a Traffic Transformer! We have many opportunities for you to join us in the Research, Development and Engineering space. Check them out today by visiting jobs.yunextraffic.com.