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Yunex Traffic ensures smooth tunnel operation on the newly opened Route 16 in Jerusalem, Israel

  • At the end of August, four new tunnel tubes with a total length of more than 5 kilometers were opened to traffic on the new Route 16 highway in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • The tunnels are operated with Yunex Traffic’s tunnel management software, which enables automated control of the tunnel, thus increasing safety for road users.
  • Thanks to the digital twin, all traffic scenarios could be tested in advance, allowing the tunnel to be put into operation two months ahead of schedule.

Jerusalem, 08. September 2022. In Jerusalem, Israel the new Route 16 highway was recently opened to traffic. A large part of the highway runs through tunnels that are operated in an automated, digital and safe way thanks to software from Yunex Traffic. The intelligent, digital tunnel management system ensures smooth operation and enables immediate action in the event of disruptions, increasing safety for motorists.

At the end of August, the time had finally come: Route 16, the new road to Jerusalem that citizens have been waiting for since the groundbreaking ceremony in 2019, was officially opened to traffic. The new road opens another gateway to the capital and connects Highway 1 with the western and southern neighborhoods of Jerusalem. The road is about 6 km long and consists of 4 tunnels, 7 bridges and 3 interchanges. Most of the road will run in tunnels, which will be safely and efficiently controlled thanks to Yunex Traffic’s tunnel management software.

Digital tunnel management ensures smooth operation and safe travel

The digital tunnel management system used in the Route 16 tunnels includes all central software systems and components of the central monitoring, control and guidance systems, as well as all interfaces between the system and the central equipment and external and internal systems. Since all subsystems in the tunnel are controlled via the digital tunnel management system, the software enables short-term reactions to interruptions and thus ensures safe travel in the tunnel.

Tests with the digital twin allow opening ahead of schedule

A digital twin of the SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system was built to reduce the amount of testing required on site and shorten the time it took to open the road to traffic. Almost all traffic scenarios could be tested in advance with external consultants and finally approved by the customer before the system was installed on site. This saved a lot of time and resulted in the road being opened to traffic 2 months earlier than the original schedule.

“Tunnels harbor all kinds of dangers for traffic users and operators. Thanks to digital software solutions, these can be reduced: either preventively through automated test procedures or situationally by enabling immediate reactions. I am convinced, that to ensure safe travel in tunnels therefore there is no other choice but to use digital systems. And on the Route 16, you can see how it’s done”, says Holger Erhardt, Senior Vice President Interurban and Tolling at Yunex Traffic.