4th October 2007, Aylesbury: ESRI (UK), the leading provider of geographically enabled software solutions to local authorities, has announced the launch of TrafficFlow, the first traffic order management system that enables local authorities to manage the entire traffic order process and realise the full benefits brought about by Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE).
Combining world-class GIS software and mobile technology with traffic and transportation expertise from leading transportation consultancy, Faber Maunsell, TrafficFlow is an end-to-end software solution that supports the management of traffic orders throughout their lifecycle from the outset of an initial scheme request through to the enforcement of a traffic penalty and ongoing change management. TrafficFlow helps local authorities enforce traffic restrictions with confidence through improved accuracy of traffic order information and it will ultimately improve service delivery to its citizens through safer and better managed highways.
The software enables local authority departments, including engineering, legal, and enforcement to work on a single view of a traffic order, thereby avoiding the administrative errors that can arise from weak version control, whilst introducing robust, high quality processes.
By increasing efficiencies of the traffic order process and accuracy in traffic order information, local authorities will have more confidence in upholding parking enforcement penalties and reduce the cost of administration including appeals.
James Thompson, local government strategist of ESRI (UK) comments, “DPE is an opportunity for local authorities, to more effectively manage the whole traffic order lifecycle, to ensure that traffic orders are consistently accurate and as a result, to improve citizen service and help to optimise the R.o.I. on Decriminalised Parking Enforcement. We anticipate that improving efficiencies of creating and managing traffic orders will result in local authorities reducing labour time spent on the traffic orders by 50 to 70 percent.”
TrafficFlow is based on a single spatial database that uses ESRI (UK)’s GIS technology and built using open standards to enable integration with other corporate applications and systems, including enterprise-wide Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) is the name given in the United Kingdom to the civil enforcement of car parking regulations. With DPE in place, the local authority retains the income generated from parking penalties to finance parking enforcement and certain other activities such as local transport measures.
Road Traffic Act
The Road Traffic Act 1991 permitted local authorities to apply for the legal powers to take over the enforcement of, on-street, as well as off-street, car parking regulations from the police, in return they would be allowed to keep the proceeds. Thus in areas where DPE has been granted, parking offences cease to be criminal offences.
About ESRI (UK)
ESRI (UK) is part of the global ESRI network. With the single, largest pool of GIS expertise in the UK, the company is the technical authority on GIS. ESRI (UK) provides solutions, technology and services including off the shelf applications built on the ArcGIS software suite and an extensive range of consulting and training services.
Its offerings meet a range of business needs in different markets including Business, Local & Central Government, Public Safety, Utilities and Telecommunications, as well as catering for system integrators and application developers through the ESRI Developer Network.
ESRI (UK)’s customers include both public sector clients such as Manchester City Council, Leeds City Council, Metropolitan Police, DCLG, The Environment Agency and businesses including Thames Water, Royal & SunAlliance and The AA.
By building a deep understanding of its customers’ needs, ESRI (UK) is able to help businesses become more profitable and public service more efficient through the better use of GIS. This process of enhancing sustainable business growth by developing solutions with the power to anticipate and meet industry specific requirements is known as Visionary Thinking.