HALOGEN is the central source for Highways Agency Traffic Management Systems (HATMS) logged data. It records setting, state change and fault information for signals, signs and emergency roadside telephones on England’s motorway network.
Data from HALOGEN can be used by regional maintenance contractors to detect failures of roadside equipment within their area of operation. If you are involved in the development and testing of logging equipment used on the motorway network, you can use the HALOGEN test environment as part of your acceptance testing procedures.
A range of standard and custom reports are available to registered HALOGEN users. It is also possible to access HALOGEN data in real time through software applications, websites or by integrating it within your own systems.
This guide provides an overview of HALOGEN and describes the different ways you can access logged data. It explains how you can apply to become a registered user and how to get technical support.
What HALOGEN is and what you can use it for
HALOGEN is the central service for logging data from the Highways Agency Traffic Management System (HATMS). The data includes settings for matrix and variable message signs, emergency roadside telephone and equipment faults, and the locations of equipment on the motorway network in England.
HALOGEN is managed by Mott MacDonald Ltd for the Highways Agency. Its main users are the Highways Agency’s network of seven Regional Control Centres (RCCs) in England. Each RCC uses logged data to measure and monitor the performance of the equipment deployed on the motorway network. This helps them respond quickly and effectively to traffic incidents, and make best use of the road network.
The Highways Agency encourages regional maintenance contractors (RMCs) to use HALOGEN to monitor roadside equipment failures within their area of operation. One way of doing is to use the Roadside Fault Display service. This is a simple, low-bandwidth website that can be accessed by RMCs at the roadside using mobile internet devices or notebook PCs.
You can access data from HALOGEN either in historic form — through the Web Reporter application — or in real time, using software applications such as the HALOGEN Browser, websites or data interfaces. Only registered users can access HALOGEN data. Applications for registration must be made to the Highways Agency. See the page in this guide on how to become a registered user of HALOGEN.
A HALOGEN test environment is available. This can be used by contractors or other organisations involved in bringing new or upgraded equipment into service, as part of their development and testing procedures.