Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been awarded a five-year, $4.1
million contract from state transportation authorities in New Hampshire,
Vermont and Maine to develop a regional Advanced Transportation
Management System (ATMS), Data Hub, and Traveler Information System
(TIS) that will upgrade the highway information infrastructure in
northern New England. The system will provide coordinated real-time
traffic, safety and weather information to motorists.
The new single-platform ATMS will allow collaboration among the states'
departments of transportation and public safety agencies to relay
comprehensive information to motorists as quickly as possible. The
system will replace outdated technology currently in use with
state-of-the-art software called ActiveITS that SwRI developed for the
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) SunGuide® and
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Lonestar® traffic
management systems along with additional custom software.
"Advanced traffic management systems have been shown to reduce secondary
collisions, mitigate congestion and, most importantly, save lives," said
Program Director Dr. Robert Heller in the Intelligent Systems Department
in SwRI's Automation and Data Systems Division. "Texas and Florida have
agreed to share the software that we developed with other government
entities throughout the United States, so we are able to provide a
solution to New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine at greatly reduced costs."
The SwRI-developed, cloud-based ATMS system is designed to allow
regional collaboration on incident response and data-sharing of
inforation about accidents, construction, weather and traffic flows. An
Event Management Module monitors and controls Intelligent Transportation
System devices, provides automated incident response scenarios to
streamline notification, detection and verification of incidents, and
provides a robust performance management system. A regional TIS includes
a website for traveler information, and a Data Fusion Hub will help
facilitate information exchange among the ATMS, the private sector, the
TIS and regional partners and stakeholders.
"We have been designing and developing traffic management systems for
more than 20 years," said Director Dr. Steven W. Dellenback of SwRI's
Intelligent Systems Department. "This comprehensive, coordinated ATMS
will benefit drivers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine with real-time,
up-to-the-minute information on road conditions and will help police and
fire departments and highway crews respond more quickly to traffic
accidents and weather conditions."
Design of the new system is underway, and it is expected to go online in
For more information about SwRI's Intelligent Transportation Systems
Editors: a video is available at http://www.swri.org/Video/html/10-activeits.htm.
SwRI is an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development
organization based in San Antonio, Texas, with nearly 3,000 employees
and an annual research volume of $592 million. Southwest Research
Institute and SwRI are registered marks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office. For more information about Southwest Research Institute, please
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