Atkins has signed a global partnership agreement that will enable it to drive data insight into transportation infrastructure projects.
The deal with INRIX, a leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, will use traffic information to improve master planning, influence the design phase of transport modelling and meet the demands of new intelligent mobility opportunities.
It is predicted that the improved insights into the way people travel could help reduce congestion and improve air quality in cities, the design, engineering and project management consultancy said.
Under the agreement, Atkins’ engineers and project managers will have access to INRIX XD Traffic, which delivers accurate real-time traffic information across 8 million km of road in over 47 countries.
It also includes INRIX Roadway Analytics, which offers quick and easy access to in-depth roadway performance analysis and visualisations, and INRIX Trips, which provides accurate insights to better understand the movement of people and the journeys they take.
With predicted global infrastructure investment set to reach $3.3 trillion annually across transportation, power, water, and telecommunications systems, the need for using insight derived from a variety of data sources is critical for creating smart and future proofed cities, Atkins said.
Lee Woodcock, global product director for intelligent mobility, Atkins, said: “From new smart highways enabling connected and autonomous vehicles, to designing the latest masterplans – we are now able to provide a hybrid of our people’s expertise combined with the rich data insights from INRIX. By fusing the two together, we provide a globally progressive offering into the intelligent mobility and infrastructure sector.”
Scott Sedlik, general manager, global public sector, INRIX, added: “Atkins recognises there is a growing need for tools to identify trends when planning, monitoring, assessing and communicating the performance of transportation networks.
“This partnership enables Atkins’ project teams to carry out ground breaking analysis that will not only improve urban mobility but also help drive cost efficiencies for their clients.”
Atkins has already been applying INRIX data on several projects in the UK and North America.