Smart tunnels and intelligent roads

Published on Tuesday, 5 June 2018

“This agreement signals the debut of Enel X in a new sector alongside high profile partners. We are particularly happy because technological innovation, which has always been the guiding force of Enel X in its many fields of activity, has been put to use for a cause that is very close to our hearts: safety”

– Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel X

Work on the E45 highway

The work includes the refurbishment of the signage, fire prevention, illumination, ventilation and surveillance systems and will bring together security, energy efficiency and technological innovation in a single solution. Enel X, with partners Carlini Signal and Alpiq, will create specific remote controlled LED illumination systems, technology which is increasingly found in city centres because it offers greater efficiency, savings and a seamless integration with sensors coordinating other innovative services including surveillance cameras, Wi-Fi networks, traffic and parking monitoring and temperature control. Immediate awareness of the actual driving conditions enables the system manager to act quickly and precisely, making reaction times much faster, especially on the highways.

The tunnels on the Orte-Cesena will also be equipped with electronic speed traps and LED technology Variable Message Signs (VMS) that will improve communication on the roads by providing drivers with highly visible, real-time information. Furthermore, water storage systems will be installed to supply the fire fighting hydrant systems alongside fixed cameras to measure emissions and the latest generation electrical systems to manage communication with the ANAS remote control centre.

These systems all serve to enable the remote monitoring of the condition of the tunnels and the management of any faults or problems in real time, by scheduling maintenance or modifications in advance in order to reduce risk. New technology is an extremely precious ally in the management of highway tunnels, improving both normal and emergency services and prioritising the safety of travellers.

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