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Green light for life-saving traffic signal technology

27 February, 2017

Innovative technology that clears the way for emergency vehicles to get to their destination more quickly is being rolled out across Brisbane as part of a Brisbane City Council initiative in partnership with the State Government.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the technology ensured vehicles approaching busy intersections could be met with green lights, saving valuable time and potentially lives.

“Every second counts in an emergency and this technology will ensure our city’s ambulances and fire and rescue vehicles can move through traffic signals as efficiently and safely as possible,” Cr Quirk said.

“The initiative involves installing devices into emergency vehicles and then linking them to GPS and traffic management technology based at the Brisbane Metropolitan Traffic Management Centre.

“This can determine the location of an emergency vehicle, calculate estimated times of arrival at intersections, and sends a message to the traffic control system that an emergency vehicle is approaching.

“This then allows the lights to turn to green and remain green up to 25 seconds longer, ensuring traffic can clear an intersection efficiently.”

Cr Quirk said the Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP) system technology had already proven successful in other areas of the State, with the Gold Coast trialling the technology in 2012.

“So far we have seen an initial improvement in emergency vehicle movements and from the learnings of the Gold Coast trial we know travel times can improve anywhere up to 20 per cent without impacting the traffic network,” he said.

“The EVP rollout has so far connected more than 300 intersections across 13 Brisbane road corridors connected to the system in the past year, with the potential to expand the rollout to more than 600 sites in the future.

“EVP devices have also been fitted to around 120 Brisbane ambulances vehicles and 23 fire rescue vehicles, accounting for more than half of the vehicle fleet.

“We have been rolling out the technology progressively and monitoring each location to ensure it is operating efficiently.”

The $1.1 million project is being jointly funded by Council and Department of Transport and Main Roads.

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3403 8888.

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