Turkish exhibitor Aselsan has enjoyed a recent boom in Traffic Systems projects. The company is participating in all of the country’s recent public-private partnership (PPP) highway construction projects as the electronic toll system supplier.
It is involved in three prestigious PPP projects. The İstanbul-İzmir highway involves a 500 km highway plus the İzmit Bay Bridge, one of the world’s longest span bridges. The northern part of the highway is set for operation by the end of this year.
The second – the Northern Marmara Motorway and the 3rd Bosphorus Bridge – will provide an alternate route for transit traffic around Istanbul. The project will also add a new suspension bridge over the Istanbul Strait. Finally, the Eurasia Tunnel will provide a double deck tunnel for vehicles under the seabed of the Istanbul Strait.
Aselsan is also undertaking the Turkish Highway Authority’s ambitious project to convert lane-based electronic toll collection (ETC) systems to Multi-Lane Free Flow (MLFF) ETC systems. The Second Bridge over the Istanbul Strait has already had the benefits of an MLFF ETC system for more than a year. Four more stations are in line to be equipped with MLFF ETC systems.
Internationally, the most significant project being handled by Aselsan is the modernisation of the tolling system on Corridor-10 in the Republic of Macedonia. The company is installing a state-of-the-art, all-electronic tolling system on the seven toll stations on Corridor-10 between the Serbian border and the Greek –Macedonian border.
In addition to ETC, Aselsan is also active in Advanced Traffic Management System projects. One of the notable projects in this area is the Gebze-İzmit Highway Traffic Management System, where innovative adaptive techniques are used to regulate the traffic on this stretch of highway surrounded by Turkey’s industrial areas.
A nationwide vehicle and numberplate recognition system developed by Aselsan is helping the Turkish Gendarmarie in fighting crime. The system not only provides a high-performance automatic numberplate recognition but also detects vehicle brand, model and colour.