Navigation devices have come a long way since their introduction into the marketplace in 1989 adding more types of data to benefit the consumer, even using the device itself to generate data which improves the overall quality of the traffic information provided to the driver.
As navigation devices have advanced, so have the features of GEWI’s TIC software product to process the additional data types. At the recent ITS World Congress in Detroit, GEWI and BMW provided a technology demonstration called VMS2DASH which brings the information from VMS signs to the dashboard of the vehicle. Read more about that, as well as how TIC Connects DOTs and Navigation, GEWI’s GPS specialist Tobias Rauche, and how TIC is used for navigation system testing in this issue.
GEWI had a busy time at ITS World Congress in Detroit. In addition to the VMS2DASH demo and the GEWI exhibit, GEWI also presented on the safety benefits of TPEG and participated in a video link between the USA and Europe discussing the current state of TPEG. GEWI also unveiled a TIC Product Features Overview video which has also been added to the online library of GEWI videos.
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GEWI and BMW Demonstrate VMS2DASH at World Congress
During the ITS World Congress, BMW and GEWI demonstrated a prototype technology called VMS2DASH which would enable public agencies to transmit traffic information from variable message signs (VMS) onto a vehicle’s in-dash information display.
Travelers can see the VMS sign information in advance of reaching the sign, and even after passing the sign. Sign data is stored in the vehicle so travelers may even scroll back to read messages they may have missed. All of these features give drivers more time and opportunity to read VMS messages, increasing the likelihood the messages will be read and understood.
Public agencies can even deliver VMS messages to “virtual VMS signs” where physical VMS signs do not exist, but where agencies need to deliver information to drivers about conditions on a specific section of roadway.
Information which can be processed by TIC can include traffic flow and events, work zones, weather, parking detours, and more.
Tim Lange, BMW Traffic and Mobility Product Manager was interviewed by Paul Hutton about the demonstration. Click here to listen to the interview. (VMS2DASH begins at the 5 minute mark).
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TIC Connects DOTs and Navigation
TIC Connects DOTs
Over the past few years, navigation devices have advanced from after-market devices, embedded into vehicles, and now have become a feature of most smart phones.
This change in how travelers access information about incidents, traffic flow and detours has changed the way that public agencies can reach and communicate with their “customers”, the driver.
GEWI’s TIC software product is already being used worldwide to accurately create, collect, store, monitor, and reliably distribute traffic and travel information to a wide range of navigation systems and devices.
TIC can be used to harmonize data collected from multiple different data systems including different manufacturers, format, and location referencing methods. TIC then distributes harmonized, consistent and up to date information.
DOT’s and Ministries of Transport now have a cost-effective and off-the-shelf solution to reach many different navigation service providers.
For more information about how TIC can be used for Real-time Traffic and Navigation, click here, or visit www.gewi.com
TIC for Navigation Testing: RDS-TMC and TPEG
Automobile manufacturers, navigation system manufacturers, and information service providers use TIC NavTest to ensure that data distributed to navigations systems is correctly processed and represented on the device.
TIC for NavTest can be used for testing for both RDS-TMC and TPEG services and is already used by customers worldwide.
The TIC NavTest software product can be used with a wide range of map data as well as event codes and languages, and has therefor become a popular testing solution for customers worldwide.
For more information about TIC for NavTest, click here.
GEWI Video – TIC Product Features Overview
GEWI Presents Safety Benefits of TPEG at World Congress
TISA, the Traveller Information Services Association organized a session at ITS World Congress to update attendees on the global progress of TPEG deployments.
GEWI joined representatives from Inrix, TomTom, Clear Channel and Quantum Inventions of Singapore to share their TPEG experience. GEWI North America CEO Jim O’Neill discussed the manner in which TPEG could be used to increase driver safety by alerting of real-time hazards on roads.
GEWI’s product development staff have been involved in the development of the TPEG standards since the earliest days of the technology. Alexander Fust, a software developer for GEWI, is a member of TISA’s TPEG Application Working Group (TAWG), and Speed Information (SPI) Working Group. Alexander, along with Rainer Klockmann, GEWI’s product development team leader, serve as GEWI’s category experts on TPEG technology.
For more information on how TIC is used for TPEG, click here.
TIC Product Feature: Digital Map
The TIC “Digital Map” product features provides a consistent location referencing method for all geo-referenced TIC data.
The digital map allows users to view network elements such as roads, areas, and points of interest, as a map image, and to show objects such as traffic and travel events, camera locations, and weather observations, all in one single view. Other information types can even be added to the same view on the map according to their location.
The digital map is shown in many of the TIC Smart Client workspaces. It allows users in the main workspace to view multiple traffic events in a graphic workspace, so they can better understand the location of these events as they relate to each other.
The digital map also appears in the Edit Object Dialog (EOD) where users enter and edit events. In this case, the map can be used not only to view the location of an event, but it can be used actively to create the location directly from the map. Using the digital map, the user can create, move, extend, or delete a location to a precise point or junction.
Users can search using the map to locate map elements such as roadways, junctions, points of interest and more. The map can also be used to search for objects such as Traffic Events, and by selecting an object from the results list, the map will refocus to the location of the object.
Objects visible in the digital map can be filtered, so each user can focus only on their own needs, and each map window can be connected to other list windows, allowing the user to select an object such as a Task or Traffic and Travel Event in a list, and have the map refocus and center on the selected object automatically.
Additionally, since nearly all objects in TIC have geolocation data included, each of them can be represented as objects within the digital map, so the user can see where a camera is located in relation to a traffic event, or where certain weather observations might have contributed to a series of traffic accidents along a certain roadway.
The TIC Digital map feature makes the job of an operator easier, by allowing for better visualization of all digital map data, and to view other pertinent objects precisely located on the same map.
Product Videos on GEWI Website
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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:
– TIC Features Overview
– 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
– Real-time Information for Navigation
– Navigation System Testing
– Road Incident Management
– Connected Vehicles
– Radio Data
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.
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In this Issue
GEWI and BMW Demo VMS2DASH
TIC Connects DOTs and Navigation
TIC for Navigation Testing
GEWI Video – TIC Overview
GEWI Presents Safety Benefits of TPEG
TIC Product Feature: Digital Map
TIC Product Videos
Download TIC Brochure
GEWI Profile – Tobias Rauche
TIC for iPad download in Apple App store
TIC Features Overview
TIC for iPad Video
GEWI on LinkedIn
GEWI on Facebook
GEWI on FOX TV
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January of 2014 was Tobias’ 7th year with GEWI as a software developer on the Product Development team. His specialty is in TIC features involving GPS data such as traffic flow.
Over the years he has also worked on projects related to cameras, parking, weather, audio, video, SNMP and relay control.
Tobias was also involved in the early development of a mobile version of TIC which evolved into TIC Smart Client for iPad, used for mobile traffic data entry.
Tobias has also been involved in many of GEWI’s GPS projects in Dubai, Kuwait, Russia and Switzerland.
Currently Tobias’ focus is on RDS-TMC in TIC3 which involves broadcasting traffic and travel events via radio channels as well as monitoring RDS-TMC using radio data as used in the TIC NavTest product.
As with everyone on the GEWI Product Development team Tobias is fluent in both English and German as well as being the companies resident expert in beer. At a GEWI conference, Tobias treated his fellow workers to a presentation on the history and varieties of beer which was informative and resulted in much inquisitive sampling by everyone in attendance.
Delivering wider varieties data to navigation devices is a market which is becoming increasingly important and GEWI is fortunate to have a developer with the skills, experience and talents of Tobias Rauche as part of the Product Development team.