Vancouver, BC was the location for the 2011 ACGM, Annual Conference & General Meeting for ITS Canada, June 12-15th at the Fairmont Hotel. GEWI both exhibited TIC3, and presented a paper at the conference.
GEWI’s presesntation detailed how connected vehicles can improve road safety by alerting drivers of Local Hazard Warnings (LHW). This is done using the TEC application within TPEG, used by the next generation of navigation devices.
Whether using a TrafficLand camera or public or privately owned camera, users are able to quickly and easily add and configure new cameras into TIC.
GEWI’s popular TIC (Traffic Information Center) product is now available as ‘TIC as a data service’. This will allow GEWI’s customers to be able to test their TPEG (Transport Protocol Experts Group) over HTTP- (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) enabled navigation devices.
With TIC, users will be able to manually create their own incident and flow data, which will be automatically created into TPEG TEC and TPEG TFP messages. Users can also send TPEG over HTTP, request over the internet, then receive TPEG responses via the internet. All that is required to use these features is a Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
In challenging economic times, everyone is trying to do more with less, and measuring performance is one way public and private sector companies can increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Many states already have implemented various means of measuring performance, but what was made clear at the TRB Workshop held May 17-20th at the Beckman Center in Newport Beach, is that national standards and direction are needed.
One thing is clear: Performance Measures require collection and harmonization of many types of data, which is what TIC3 is all about.
When GEWI started developing software almost 15 years ago, the answer to this question was much simpler. There were few, if any, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) applications that could satisfy complex project requirements.
In 2011, the answer is less clear, and requires much analysis. In order to make an informed comparison, careful consideration needs to be given to many issues.
More than 10 years ago, German police in Saxony-Anhalt were looking for a better solution to their manual methods for collecting and distributing traffic information.
TIC is primarily used by the police to create incident data. In addition, some German states also have a traffic control center, independent from the police providing flow, incident and roadwork data. This data is then distributed to radio & TV stations, service providers, and auto clubs which then make the information available to their listeners, members, and clients.
In the rapidly growing economy of Indonesia, the company C.V. iQios SEJAHTERA which specializes in GPS fleet tracking has set up the first FM RDS-TMC traffic service in Indonesia using GEWI’s TIC product.
The iQios service is to be commercially launched by September 2011 and will initially cover the city of Jakarta with plans to include the metropolitan area of Greater Jakarta by 2012, and subsequently expanding to Bandung and Surabaya by 2013.
GEWI’s product development team has completed the integration of the AGORA-C location referencing standard into the TIC3 product.
TIC3 has the capability of harmonizing location referencing between multiple road networks as well as multiple location referencing methods.
GEWI’s AGORA-C solution is already being used by several clients including BMW (Germany), Cennavi (China) and for the DIANA2 demonstration project in Germany.
For nearly 15 years, TIC has been used primarily for the creation, collection, harmonization and distribution of traffic data between a wide variety of systems and devices.
Today, TIC3’s new flexible architecture means that TIC can be used for many more types of data and for many more purposes in the future.
These new markets were the topic of an intensive workshop held in Heidelberg, Germany in March 2011, which included representatives from GEWI’s Business Management, Product Development, Customer Projects, Marketing, and Sales teams.
GEWI has designed the TIC3 product to be flexible in many ways. This includes:
- Flexible architecture.
- Flexible configuration.
- Flexible deployment.
- Flexible pricing models.
TIC’s flexibility allow for many creative solutions to be considered, including data types, volume, and other variables. As project requirements grow or change, TIC’s licensing can be modified and customers can often begin using the additional TIC features without the need to install any new software, simply by configuring the new additional licensed TIC features.