Road Monitoring

Optimizing roadway operations

Roads are the arteries of our economy. OptaSense fiber optic monitoring helps keep them open by delivering real-time traffic, incident and condition monitoring that enables rapid decision making and response times.

Using the existing fiber optic network, ideally on both sides of the highway, OptaSense roadway monitoring offers operators new levels of traffic flow monitoring, incident detection and hard shoulder monitoring by interfacing in real-time to traffic command and control systems.


In addition to replacing roadside point sensors, OptaSense fiber optic roadside monitoring provides simultaneous and continuous monitoring of multiple activities along the entire length of the asset.
Traffic Flow
Traffic is monitored at 10 meter points in real time along the whole length of the deployed roadside fiber. The constant data output can be integrated into a client’s existing command and control systems which in turn instructs their various roadside traffic signage as well as providing the infrastructure operators and maintainers with a set of clear Graphical User Interfaces to allow for effective monitoring and decision making. A client can choose various speed limits that require alerts to be generated.
Average Journey Times
Journey times between selected points and junctions are monitored and reported dynamically.
Hard Shoulder Monitoring
With a fibre installed close to or in the hard shoulder the sensing system has the capability to monitor traffic flow as well as stopped traffic.
Incident Detection
The sensing system will detect when moving traffic comes to a halt as part of the traffic flow application above and provide an accurate location of the incident. In addition, any associated noise created by an incident in close proximity to the fiber, is separately detected and will add to the understanding of the severity of the incident.
Personnel Detection
To compliment incident detection and hard shoulder monitoring, the sensing system will detect personnel walking in close proximity to the fiber.
Post Processing
In addition to Real Time data outputs the Pattern of Life across the infrastructure can be analysed over longer periods of time. This Pattern of Life view will assist an operator in understanding and planning for:

- Busy traffic periods
- New road builds
- Better highway access and egress
- Effective incident response and traffic management
- Provision of evidence to support incident investigation
- Effective positioning of cameras and physical security barriers

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