Industry Feature: Jacobs

Pronamics Industry Feature
Jacobs asks “what if” things could be improved?

Jacobs is a global company with a vision for the future. They specialize in innovative thinking to re-work existing environments to be safer, healthier and more prosperous. Jacobs likes to ask “what if?” whether that is recycling waste materials into new resources or feasibility studies for terraforming Mars.

Some of their projects are much closer to home, however, like the new M4 Smart Motorway in Western Sydney. This development is designed to provide motorists with a smoother and more reliable journey to work and back home again, reducing stress and increasing safety for road users.

Jacobs studied existing infrastructure and systems throughout Greater Sydney and modelled future performance to best determine how technology could improve various roads, including the M4, turning it from a regular motorway to a smart motorway.

What is a Smart Motorway?

It’s 35 km of traffic sensors embedded in the road every 500 metres. It’s entry ramp signals that update quickly to adjust to traffic. It’s gantries that can open and close lanes to divert vehicles around incidents and keep them flowing, as well as new electronic signs to warn approaching traffic of travel conditions and times before they get on the motorway.

Any defensive driving instructor will tell you that reaction time is critical when it comes to safe road use. Systems that monitor and react swiftly across a coordinated area will definitely benefit those who rely on this motorway all the time.

Read more about Jacobs here.


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