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T4.06 MERIDIAN M7/N7 ITS Deployments

Overview/ summary

The project involves deploying state-of-the-art Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Connected Mobility equipment and infrastructure along the N7/M7 national primary road, covering the sections between junctions 1 and 11. The primary goal of the project is to enhance traffic management and improve overall road safety.

The scope of the project includes the delivery, supply, and installation of the following service level two ITS sub-systems, focused on informing and monitoring traffic.

  1. Fibre and Wireless Communication Systems
  2. CCTV System
  3. Automatic Incident Detection Systems
  4. Journey Time Monitoring System
  5. Variable Message Signs
  6. Wrong-way Driver System
  7. C-ITS Roadside Units

One of the innovative aspects of the project is the technology trial, which will test the effectiveness of fibre cabling laid down during the deployment. This cabling will be used for automatic incident detection (AID) through the implementation of advanced acoustic sensing technology. This cutting-edge approach promises to revolutionise incident detection and response on the road.

By implementing these ITS solutions, the project aims to achieve several key objectives. First and foremost, it will significantly enhance safety management, reducing the occurrence of accidents (in some cases) and improving incident response times. Additionally, it will lead to increased traffic efficiency and reduced congestion, benefiting both regular commuters and commercial drivers. Furthermore, the project’s emphasis on eco-friendly transport solutions will help minimise environmental impacts associated with road usage.

In conclusion, this innovative project aims to transform the N7/M7 road corridor into a digital corridor and a connected mobility-ready route with improved safety, enhanced traffic flow, and reduced environmental impact, benefitting both road operators and users


Transport Infrastructure Ireland has not only recognised the pressing need for a more efficient traffic management system but is also fully committed to implementing a well-defined roadmap for establishing crucial digital corridors. This initiative aims to address the continuously increasing transportation demand and leverage the latest technological advancements in the sector, emphasising the importance of having a Connected Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) ready infrastructure. By doing so, the project seeks to significantly enhance traffic management efficiency and pave the way for a more connected and sustainable transportation network.

Further reading

Gillian Freeney, Transport Infrastructure Ireland Gorkem Yetik, Arup

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The core message

A core objective of the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is to establish a comprehensive digital corridor, integrating a connected Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) ecosystem across the national road network. Aligned with this vision, the project aims to significantly enhance the road management system, introducing the following key improvements:

Results expected:

  1. Cutting-edge Communication Infrastructure: A robust and state-of-the-art communication infrastructure, combining fibre and wireless technologies, will be established to interconnect all ITS equipment with the TII Motorway Operations Control Centre facilities. This interconnected system will facilitate real-time data exchange, thereby enhancing traffic management efficiency and response capabilities.
  2. Introducing Advanced ITS Equipment: To align with the Transport Infrastructure’s Intelligent Transport Systems Strategy, the project will introduce cutting-edge ITS equipment. This future-oriented approach ensures that the road network remains equipped with the latest technology, capable of meeting the evolving transportation demands.

Considering the above, the project is expected to make a significant contribution to realising a more efficient and digitally advanced road management system. It will not only enhance overall traffic flow and safety on the M7/N7 corridor but also play a vital role in establishing a connected ITS ecosystem throughout the national road network, benefiting commuters and travelers across the region.

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