Traffic flow technology has come a long way since the days where loop sensors were embedded into roads, requiring significant time, cost, and resulting traffic delays during installation and maintenance.
Today there are many systems which create flow data from cell phones, probe vehicles, road sensors such as Bluetooth or radar, camera generated data and more. TIC can collect any version of the flow data from such third party systems and then fuse, merge, and harmonize with other data or systems, and distribute the results.
Traffic flow data is also used to support operators when creating event data. Data can also be distributed for use by the navigation market including for delivery using TPEG.
In this issue we will take a look at features related to traffic flow including the ability to use traffic flow data to automatically create event data. Sven Wiesenmüller is the GEWI developer responsible for traffic flow and he is profiled in this issue.
Intertraffic Amsterdam is just around the corner and again this year GEWI will be attending as part of our continuing product development process. The conference and exhibit will be attended by Andrew Kristoffy who will also be available for meetings to discuss TIC and how it can be used for solutions to your traffic projects.
Should you have any questions about anything in this newsletter, to discuss your requirements or for a product demonstration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
German Radio Stations Use TIC3 for Traffic Flow
For more than 10 years German radio stations SWR covering southwest Germany and NDR in northern Germany have used TIC to process their traffic data. Recently, both have upgraded to TIC3 to take advantage of new TIC3 features including Traffic Flow & TPEG.
The radio stations collect a traffic flow data feed which is used to enhance their service quality by providing operators additional resources when creating traffic and travel event data.
Also important to the stations is TIC3’s capabilities to not only process data which is presented by announcers, but also to be delivered to a variety of systems. The stations also use TIC3 to distribute traffic data via RDS-TMC and TPEG broadcast as well as to smartphone apps, websites and teletext systems.
To learn more about the many ways TIC Connects, visit www.gewi.com
TIC Product Feature: Auto-Create Incidents From Traffic Flow
Traffic FlowAs new methods have become available for generating traffic flow, TIC’s flexibility to collect this type of data has provided benefits to the GEWI customer.
Once collected, TIC’s “Auto-Create” feature can be used to automatically create traffic event data from flow data.
This feature provides many benefits to traffic operations including:
◦As soon as a slowdown is detected, the event is immediately created and inserted into the system, or an operator is alerted to verify.
◦Traffic events can be created, based on pre-defined rules, including outside of normal business hours for traffic operations.
Traffic flow data is also used to:
•Support the operator when creating traffic event data.
•Navigation services and TPEG.
•Distribute to smartphone and websites in both standard and custom formats.
For TIC to be able to collect a new type of traffic flow data, a collect component only needs to be added to the TIC system.
If a customer is using one of the popular vendors who provide speed data, those components are likely to already be available in the GEWI component library. In this case the component can be quickly configured within the TIC system to immediately begin collect the flow data.
Once collected, the traffic flow data is then available for all of the other major TIC system features. For example, using the TIC Relation feature, flow data will be shown as it relates to camera data, incident data or any other geo-referenced data collected by the customer.
For more information about using TIC for Traffic Flow Data, visit www.gewi.com to find a contact in your area.
GEWI Business Conference 2014
Members of all GEWI business teams met in Potsdam near Berlin, Germany from 27-30 of January 2014 as part of GEWI’s annual business improvement process. The goal of the workshop was to review the previous year’s performance and to plan for process and product improvements for the coming year.
The annual workshop was led by Matthias Defee, GEWI’s Director of Worldwide Customer Projects, and was attended by GEWI team members from Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the USA.
2014 is GEWI’s 22nd year of creating products to keep travelers informed worldwide. TIC3 is the 4th generation of software platform which is used for the processing of traffic data. One of the major developments of the GEWI business workshop was the analysis of how else TIC could be used beyond traffic information. For example, GEWI customers already use TIC to process Radio Program Associated Data. Workshop sessions indicated TIC could also possibly be used for GEWI’s business information system. Further analysis of this potential will be done in the next months.
Other conference highlights included an update on the status of the TIC3 product which received over 500 updates to core product features in 2013. This is significant as it represents many improvements in performance as well as new features such as Real-time Statistics and TIC’s Relation Window which has proven to be a popular feature with GEWI customers.
GEWI’s CFO Karl Will also reported that revenues were up over the previous year and CEO Hagen Geppert provided a preview of projects for 2014. Several customers migrated from TIC2 to TIC3 in 2013 and this trend will continue in 2014. Analysis presented by the GEWI Business team indicates that positive growth is forecast to continue into 2015.
GEWI at Intertraffic Amsterdam
Capturing new product requirements and staying informed on emerging technologies is very important to the GEWI business process.
This continual information gathering ensures that the TIC product incorporates features that GEWI customers need not only today, but also looking ahead to create solutions for future customer requirements. To that end, GEWI will be attending Intertraffic in Amsterdam 25-28 March 2014.
This year the Smart Mobility Center in hall 9 has especially been created to focus on exploring the complexity of urban mobility and the role advanced technologies are playing in providing innovative solutions that support smart, livable and connected cities. The many type of data involved in these projects are examples of ways organizations can benefit from the ways TIC CONNECTS Systems – Vehicles – Travelers.
If you’d like to schedule a meeting with a GEWI representative at Intertraffic, contact email@example.com.
Product Videos on GEWI Website
TIC Camera Feature
GEWI’s web site includes videos for several TIC product features. The videos make it easy for website visitors to self-demonstrate the TIC system and to view how specific product features can be used for a variety of public and private sector markets.
Available videos include:
– Work Zone
– Traffic & Travel Events
– Mobile Traffic Data Entry
– Traffic News
More videos are being produced to provide an introduction to other TIC product features, so check www.gewi.com occasionally to view the new videos.
Download Latest TIC for Traffic Brochure
GEWI Brochure 2011 WCThe TIC3 product allows you to perform many transportation related tasks simply by configuration of this commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software.
Click here to download the TIC product brochure which describes how the same TIC3 product architecture can be flexibly configured and used for many different purposes including:
-Traffic & Travel Information Services
-Navigation System Testing
-Data Harmonization and Exchange
As a commercial off-the shelf (COTS) solution, TIC can be deployed and expanded much more quickly and cost effectively than custom build-your-own solutions while offering the most advanced features and functionality.
For more information, visit www.gewi.com.
In this Issue
German Radio Stations use TIC3 for Traffic Flow
TIC Product Feature: Auto-Create Incidents from Traffic Flow
GEWI Business Conference 2014
GEWI at Intertraffic Amsterdam
TIC Product Videos
Download TIC Brochure
GEWI Profile – Sven Wiesenmüller
TIC for iPad download in Apple App store
TIC for iPad Video
GEWI on LinkedIn
GEWI on Facebook
GEWI on FOX TV
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Sven joined GEWI in 2009 and over the past five years has become one of the leading experts in the collection, processing and distribution of traffic flow data.
Sven graduated from the University of Leipzig with a Computer Science Degree specializing in geo-information systems, robotics and neural networks. Sven was also a member of the Computational Intelligence and Informatik working group.
In addition to his responsibilities for traffic flow data, Sven is also working on the Relation feature, location referencing and the Combine feature.
Recent projects include developing TIC server components to collect level of service (LOS) data from road sensors, and new collect components for traffic flow for a GEWI customer in Asia Pacific.
Sven speaks english and German and his guitar playing has made him a crowd favorite at previous GEWI workshops.
Talented developers like Sven are just one more reason why GEWI has kept travelers informed worldwide since 1992.