AMG Systems won a contract from EFKON Group India, now part of Strabag SE to supply its fiber optic transmission system for traffic management and control on several projects on National Highways No. 7, No. 47 and around Mumbai city in India.
EFKON said that these new projects are complex, involving several different types of field equipment all networked into a centralized control center. Furthermore, the design has to be modular for further upgrades which can work for the life of the concession agreement. The main reason cited for choosing AMG's transmission solution is the reliability and ease of integration. In all of the new projects AMG is transmitting signals to and from PTZ cameras. Some of the projects also involve tolling with multiple toll plazas. In those cases, the transmission solution is also handling toll data, ECB audio and VMS data.
The new projects undertaken by EFKON take care of the following routes: NH7 Kadthal to Armur and Bangalore to Hosur, NH47 Salem to Kumarapalyam and onwards to Chengapally as well as Bandra to Worli around Mumbai City. These new installations mean that AMG's products have been supplied for the transmission solutions for Indian Highways projects accounting for more than 700 kilometers.
Sheetal Shanbhag, Country Head for AMG Systems in India said, "The AMG solutions supplied are dual-redundant as all projects are considered to be observation critical 24 hours a day. The control center for the NH7 project is situated at one end of the stretch, where NH47 is located in the middle of the stretch, so we have to transmit the signals over very long distances. One of the main advantages of using these projects is that we can offer a very cost-effective solution. As we have worked with EFKON on previous projects we are also able to offer technical insight and expertise. With the road construction projects currently underway, India truly is a prime market for AMG's uncompressed digital transmission solutions for traffic management."
Commenced in 1998 and aimed to construct roads with uninterrupted traffic flow in a country where 80 percent of passenger traffic and 65 percent of freight is totally dependent on the road infrastructure, the Indian National Highways Development Project (NHDP). With a network covering some 3.3 million kilometers of roadways, the road infrastructure is the main catalyst for development of key sectors of the economy in India. Although the National Highways "only" cover around 2 percent of the roads, they totally have a massive 66,590 kilometers carrying around 40 percent of the total traffic across the length and breadth of the country.