A smart transport app developed by Eastpoint has been named 'project of the year’ at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) UK awards.
The app is part of a wider research project called Glosa – Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory.
It was headed by West Midlands Combined Authority in collaboration with Transport for West Midlands, Birmingham City Council, Amey Consulting, IDT Ltd, SGTI and Eastpoint. We carried out the mobile development, producing a smartphone app that integrates with traffic light systems and helps drivers minimise red light stops, improving traffic flow and reducing emissions.
Eastpoint founder John Puddifoot said: “This award recognises the success of the Glosa collaborative project. Our team worked closely with the the project partners to deliver a viable, scalable and implementable technology solution to this growing infrastructure challenge.
“We are delighted with the progress made and look forward to building upon this success with our collaborative partners. Our aim is to realise the potential for relatively low cost technology solutions, such as this, to make a meaningful impact.”
The Glosa app talks to the driver, like a sat nav, providing information to them about safe, optimal speeds based on traffic light changes. As detailed in the award literature, the app proved to reduce journey times and alleviate stop starts during the trial period:
The project shows a 10-14% reduction in stop starts over the 6km testing route with 10 junctions and a consequent reduction of 5-7% in journey times for the test vehicles. Drivers also report significant levels of satisfaction with the speed advice provided.
On the night, the award was collected by Birmingham City Council, and our very own Jin Khera (BBC celebrity) was also there to celebrate. Jin is second left in the photo.
New video from West Midlands CA about Glosa can be seen here.
Press release from West Midlands combined Authority: Award for motoring technology
Press release from ITS: ITS (UK) recognises the best of British in Annual Awards