Once in place, consumers will be able to access traffic information via their home computers, tablets or cellphones.
"We have been designing and developing traffic management systems for more than 20 years," said Dr.
States share information
The new single-platform ATMS will allow collaboration between the states' departments of transportation and public safety agencies to relay information to motorists as quickly as possible through a single website. The system will replace software called ActiveITS that SwRI developed for the
"Advanced traffic management systems have been shown to reduce secondary collisions, mitigate congestion and, most importantly, save lives," said
The system will operate out of the state DOT's Traffic Management Center in
The new system will incorporate these monitors, installed in 2012 to monitor weather and road conditions, daily traffic volume and safety on roads and bridges, according to
"The new system will primarily involve three changes," Markow said. "Dispatch for state police, which operates out of the traffic management center, relays all their information -- the what, where, and when for incidents -- to DOT.
With the new system, the two will be linked, and automatically send information to DOT engineers at the DOT. It will help reduce the time it takes for us to relay information to the public through the incident notification system."
The new technology will allow DOT engineers to access all highway message boards within a set radius using their computer mouse, putting text on them at once. Drive times will be displayed on the message boards, letting commuters know how long it will take them to reach their destination.
"Drivers will get information faster," said Markow. "If there's a traffic jam on
Markow said the DOT isn't interested in creating a motorist call-in component.
"We're very concerned about distracted driving," said Markow. "There are hands-free apps and programs that can be developed, but we think a private company would be better able to develop and oversee something like that than the state."
Benefits appear obvious
While development of the software is still in the very early stages -- Markow's first meeting on the project since the contract was signed was last Thursday -- state transportation officials are already touting its benefits.
"This Tri-State initiative will develop a system that can provide regional situational awareness with respect to traffic management between the states of
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"It is great to see our transportation agencies working together to gain economies of scale to upgrade their communications systems, ultimately improving highway safety and efficiency," said Moody. "The technology will be useful for the every day motorist with relevant up-to-date information concerning road conditions, snow and ice, construction zones and congestion caused by incidents such as car crashes."
The system will be set up to allow three other
"Our long-term goal is to create a regional system that serves all of
A website address and name has yet to be decided upon, said Markow.
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