As a project manager within the ITS business unit, David Prudhomme-Lorinez oversees Sagacité, an ambitious project relating to a national traffic management support system. He sees himself as a link between the team and the customer.
Tell us about your university studies and career path to date.
I graduated from UTC, the University of Technology of Compiègne, and then worked for seven years in Berlin on pharmaceutical studies. When I returned to France, I worked for an IT engineering services provider. I worked on my first assignment for Mobility in 2005, and was hired in 2010.
What does your role as project leader within the Information Systems Design Office entail?
The Information Systems Design Office devises and produces IT solutions and automatic control systems, within the ITS (Intelligent Traffic System) business unit. As a project manager, I am responsible for schedules and team management, and I work in collaboration with project managers in terms of customer relations. I coordinate the development teams so as to produce the functionalities required. For the last six months, I have been working on several projects in parallel, all with the same team of around 20 staff.
What projects are you working on?
I am working on Sagacité, an ambitious project to harmonise the traffic management support systems for government-managed roads, across all of France.
We have been working on traffic management support systems since 2005, and my first project for the Centre-Est Interdepartmental Road Directorate dates back to 2011. Since then, the project has been extended across France. We are currently deploying the system in Toulouse and Brittany. Some departmental councils are getting involved in the project: we are fitting out control centres for the management of departmental roads, as well as national roads.
In parallel, I am also involved in a traffic management support system for the main trunk roads in the Lyon area, including the périphérique and rocade ring roads, the A46 motorway, and the downgrading of the A6 and A7 motorways. We started in spring 2018 and commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2018. In general, it takes around 18 months to complete a traffic management support project. In this case, we are delivering a basic tool in six months.
Can you tell us about the @way platform?
Over the last ten years, feedback from the projects that we have completed has served to develop @way, a platform that can be adapted to each customer. This platform is designed to receive modules assembled “brick by brick”, according to operators' needs. We have a showroom that serves to present @way to customers very effectively.
We are also working on R&D to demonstrate the ability of the tool to adapt to areas other than traffic management support systems. For example, in the context of smart cities, we can scale up what we do at road level to apply at town level: lighting, traffic flows and traffic lights can now be coordinated using the same tool.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I am never bored! I like always having something to do, and having a variety of tasks to tackle each day.
On a personal level, I find my consultancy and support role, both with regard to my staff and customers, extremely rewarding. I serve as a link between the team and the customer.