Easing Traffic Congestion in China

May 5, 2009
Aldis Corp.'s GridSmart Spectra 360 will begin deploying to Beijing, China to provide traffic management in the congested capital.

The traffic in Beijing, China is legendary, but it could be getting better. Aldis Corp. announced the first installation of its GridSmart Spectra 360 system for traffic management in Beijing. That installation is at the intersection outside the North China University of Technology and it is the first of a number of installations planned in coming months, says Aldis.

"We are very pleased with the results and look forward to adding additional GridSmart systems around the city. This is an exciting new technology that will improve the way we handle traffic now and into the future," said Li Zheng Xi, Ph.D./VP of North China University of Technology.

The primary purpose for the GridSmart system will be focused on intersection efficiency and the city of Beijing plans to utilize some of the advanced tracking features to monitor pedestrians, bicycles and scooters. In addition, GridSmart will provide the city with rich traffic data to better understand patterns and identify potential problem areas and find proactive solutions. The university's ITS department will maintain the systems and collect data to further their research.

"Beijing is a great example of a city that is leading the way in deploying smart technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of their transportation system while reducing intersection wait times and emissions," said James "Vig" Sherrill, president and CEO of Aldis.