Intelligent Devices Delivering The Promise


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Intelligent Devices Delivering The Promise

  1. 1. INTELLIGENT DEVICES – “DELIVERING THE PROMISE” For many years, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) have been promising to deliver reduced congestion and safer roads. ITS America has gone so far as to adopt a “zero fatalities, zero avoidable delay” vision for ITS which sets the bar for achievement for the industry. With three recently completed contracts demonstrating innovative solutions to real-world problems, Intelligent Devices, Inc. has contributed to “delivering the promise”. 1. NTCIP Solution to “Where are you, and what are you saying?” Fig 2. – The Portable Sign Problem NTCIP latitude and longitude entered into MapQuest show the trailer location in Buffalo! The Niagara International Transportation Technology Intelligent Devices, Inc solved both The upgrade modules also added Coalition (NITTEC) operates a of these problems. Under a pilot GPS (Geographical Positioning regional ITS system for member project funded jointly by FHWA System) functionality to the signs. agencies out of their Traffic and NITTEC, Intelligent Devices Management Center (TMC) in provided IDI 1320 upgrade The NTCIP objects for latitude and Buffalo, New York. They have a modules for four trailers. The longitude are supported so that mixture of NTCIP overhead signs, modules were installed in two the trailer’s position can be cameras and traffic sensors, as different trailer brands. retrieved at any time to confirm the well as several portable message ACTUAL position of the sign prior signs. Rolling out the ITS system These upgrade modules provided to displaying a message from is a key part of NITTEC’s strategy an interface that made the trailers Central. to improve road safety and traveler conformant with the NTCIP information in the area. standards for communication. The In addition, the battery voltage can interface was tested with now be measured from Central The portable signs were not DeviceTester for NTCIP, which using the same NTCIP software integrated into their ITS system for proved that a consistent NTCIP for all signs, irrespective of the two main reasons: interface (with associated brand of the device. functionality) had been achieved 1. The signs were not NTCIP for all four signs. This made these “All and all I feel the pilot project conformant, while their central four trailer signs compatible with was very successful and I and system was. This made it the existing NTCIP Central NITTEC thank you {Intelligent impossible to monitor, System. Devices, Inc} for your hard work” amongst other things, the said Bob Eberhardt, the NITTEC current message displayed on Systems Administrator responsible the sign or the sign battery for the project. voltage, from their Central System. 2. Keeping track of where the 2. Florida Brings Their Existing signs were deployed was a Infrastructure Up To NTCIP headache. Construction Standards personnel would sometimes move the signs without Florida DOT is in the midst of a informing the TMC, and so major system upgrade to integrate there was a risk that all ITS systems in Florida. This messages activated from project, the “Sunguide Statewide Central would be displayed in Fig. 1 Library”, is progressing with a the wrong location. Trailer Control Cabinet, with GPS Added. significant software development
  2. 2. project, building new regional TMC’s and major fiber optic communication deployment. Florida has made a commitment to the NTCIP standards process, and all new signs deployed in Florida go through a NTCIP testing process. In addition, Florida has committed to NTCIP standards for communication to their camera control systems. The first deployment of the new system is planned for District 6 in Miami. However, a number of different types of signs and cameras are already installed, as part of the existing deployment. Intelligent Devices, Inc was contracted to provide interface modules for signs and two incompatible camera brands, to Fig 4. provide an NTCIP interface Warning Drivers of a Collision Danger Ahead in Tampa. compliant with the Florida Inset: IDI2500 Traffic Congestion Monitor requirement. process, FDOT immediately compare these values to At the same time, Ethernet awarded Intelligent Devices, Inc a thresholds to determine if a network interfaces were provided follow up contract for the upgrade congestion condition exists. In the in addition to the current serial of additional signs of yet another event of a congestion condition, connection, to make the existing type. “Repeat business is the test the drivers are warned upstream devices compatible with the new of a happy customer”, said Bryan of the hazard ahead. network architecture being Mulligan, President of Intelligent deployed. Devices, Inc. This is an example of Intelligent Devices Inc’s pre-packaged ITS Conformance testing was carried solutions, where sophisticated out using DeviceTester for NTCIP 3. Congestion Alarm systems can be quickly and easily on both cameras and signs. The Contributes to Driver Safety deployed. Said Dave Krauss, testing was independently verified Senior ITS Manager at Gray- by both FDOT in their Testing and A significant cause of freeway and Calhoun & Associates, who were Research Laboratory (TERL) in arterial vehicle collisions is rear- responsible for the project, “It Tallahassee, and integration end accidents caused by drivers works very well. I was very happy testing by the South West running into slow or stopped with the ease of installation of both research Institute (SWRI) in their traffic. the hardware and the software, laboratory in San Antonio. and it is easy to operate.” An example of this is the Howard Franklin Bridge in Tampa, Florida. All the traffic data, as well as The positioning of on/off ramps on congestion information, are stored the bridge, together with high on board the device, and can be traffic volumes – particularly at uploaded to a Central Database rush hour, causes traffic to back using NTCIP communication. up and in many instances stop. This creates a condition conducive In summary… to rear end collisions. These three projects show the Fig 3. Intelligent Devices, Inc provided a difference that the practical, Existing Overhead Sign Converted to solution to this with their IDI2500 efficient deployment of NTCIP NTCIP. Congestion Alarm monitor. This devices can make to the success device was coupled to a side fired of Intelligent Transportation This contract has been radar detector in the congestion Systems “delivering the promise” successfully completed. As a mark area, to monitor speed, volume of safer roads and reduced of their enthusiasm for the and occupancy of the traffic, and congestion.