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England’s Highways Agency Selects INRIX Real-Time Traffic and Travel Time Information for Its National Traffic Information Service

October 23, 2012

VIENNA, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ITS World Congress INRIX announced at the 19(TH) World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Network Information Services Ltd (NIS) in England to provide real-time traffic speed and travel time information for the Highways Agency’s National Traffic Information Service (NTIS).

As the information hub for the Strategic Road Network (SRN), the NTIS is the backbone of the English road network consisting of 4,300 miles of motorways and major A-roads carrying one-third of all traffic and two-thirds of all freight nationwide. In addition to processing all Highways Agency traffic sensor data used in daily operations for the duration of the contract, INRIX will analyze sensor data in combination with real-time Floating Vehicle Data (FVD) collected from across the country’s strategic highway network for the goal of delivering better real-time traffic information and travel times.

“The NTIS is truly a worldwide showcase demonstrating how the public and private sectors working together can deliver improved services at lower cost to taxpayers,” said Bryan Mistele, President and CEO, INRIX. “INRIX provides transportation agencies with a model for how to cost-effectively improve daily operations to better serve the people and businesses depending on it.”

The NTIS contract, awarded by the Highways Agency last year, replaces the traffic data processing and publication elements of the Birmingham, UK-based National Traffic Control Centre, with the goal of providing improved services at reduced cost. INRIX furthers these efforts in several ways:

    -   Better Traffic Information and Traveler Services:  While much of the SRN has road sensors, the spacing
        of those sensors varies - often at great distances -making it difficult to see the exact location of
        where queues begin and end.  By analyzing sensors in combination with FVD, INRIX provides consistent
        and precise junction to junction information across the entire SRN, helping pinpoint queues and their
        impacts for drivers and traffic operations staff faster than sensors alone.

        The new "beta" map on the Highways Agency web site (http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic) showcases
        this in operation.

      - Increased reliability, faster processing:  INRIX is implementing next-generation high speed data
        processing specifically for the NTIS, ensuring that data gets from the road/vehicle to the National
        Transportation Operations Coalition operators and end users in less than a minute. The NTIS will also
        benefit from INRIX's resilient architecture which offers improved reliability of the data stream.

      - Wider coverage: INRIX also will provide FVD services for areas of the SRN where sensor data is not
        available helping NTIS operators see and understand potential traffic-impacting events on roads
        connecting with the SRN.

      - New services: INRIX also will test for NTIS a process for combining sensor and FVD data in a way that
        allows for next generation traffic data services such as "return to normal" that predicts the amount of
        time it takes to restore typical travel conditions following a major accident or other incident.

About INRIX

INRIX® is a leading traffic intelligence platform delivering smart data and advanced analytics to solve transportation issues worldwide. INRIX crowd sources data daily from approximately 100 million vehicles and devices to deliver traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services, across six industries in 35 countries.

With more than 200 customers and partners including Audi, ADAC, ANWB, BMW, the BBC, Ford Motor Company, the I-95 Coalition, MapQuest, Microsoft, NAVIGON, Nissan, O2, Tele Atlas, Telmap, Toyota and Vodafone, INRIX’s real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts help drivers save time every day.

About NTIS

The National Traffic Information Service (NTIS) is the information hub of the English strategic road network. It is operated by Network Information Services Ltd., a 50/50 joint venture between Mouchel and Thales UK, under contract to the English Highways Agency, an Executive Agency of the UK Government. The service is based in Birmingham and is responsible for providing accurate, historical, real-time and predictive traffic information to businesses, the traveling public and Highways Agency operations. It collects and disseminates information to the public using 2,500 roadside variable-message signs, digital information screens at key locations, websites, apps and social media, and the telephone based Highways Agency Information Line (HAIL) as well as distributing information to the media and business through a number of data feeds.

    Notes to Editors:

    1)           The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the UK Department for
                 Transport.  The Highways Agency manages, maintains and improves
                 England's motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the
                 Secretary of State.

                 Press contact: Mik Barton, 00 44 121 678 8535 -
                 mik.barton@highways.gsi.gov.uk

    2)           Network Information Services Ltd (NIS) is a 50/50 joint venture
                 between infrastructure and business services group, Mouchel and
                 systems integration experts, Thales UK.

                Press contacts:

                 Mouchel:  Melanie Bright, Mobile: 00 44 7792 6594088, Email:
                 Melanie.bright@mouchel.com, Web: www.mouchel.com

                 Thales UK:  Kathryn Bell, Mobile:  00 44 7813 903274, Email:
                 Kathryn.bell@thalesgroup.com, Web: www.thalesgroup.com/uk

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