Road safety is a global concern, and while roads are becoming safer, there is more that can be done to improve safety with the use of technology.
Connected vehicle technology will allow vehicles to warn other vehicles about upcoming hazards. Read more about a connected vehicle project GEWI will be demonstrating in Germany as well as at ITS World Congress in Orlando, Florida this coming October. Also, a paper will be presented on the same topic at ITS Canada in June.
TIC3′s new camera features have the potential to increase roadway safety by allowing for faster identification and dissemination of incident data, including camera images delivered via Smart Phone or other device. Read more about TIC camera features in this issue.
A busy conference season is upon us. In addition to exhibiting and presenting at ITS Canada, GEWI will demonstrate the new TPEG NavTest in ITS Europe, has just returned from the TRB Performance Measures meetings in California, recently completed an internal workshop for GEWI’s Product Development team and will be holding Customer Projects team in Germany in two weeks.
For more information on TIC products, customers and markets served, please see the Quick Links section of this newsletter or visit www.gewi.com.
TIC3 – New Camera Features Released
Ever since GEWI integrated TrafficLand cameras into the TIC3 product (March/April 2010 newsletter) GEWI has been working to add features to make better use of the many cameras available to operators.
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.
These configurations allow for many camera characteristics to be assigned, including the viewable area of the camera (shown in image).
With the latest TIC3 release, operators now viewing a camera “tour” and noticing an incident being viewed by a camera have the ability to simply click on the camera image to generate an incident report for the area visible by the camera.
However, with so many cameras now available to operators, there may not be enough time for an operator to view or quickly locate a camera. This problem has been solved with another new feature in TIC3 which automatically locates any camera within range of an incident when an operator begins typing a traffic incident.
TIC3′s data validation features also alerts operators to unusual conditions, such as cameras not working.
Users also have many other options available including the ability to link and distribute traffic camera images with events, play historical images, create favorite camera sets and much more.
For more information about the latest TIC3 camera features, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEWI to Exhibit & Present at ITS Canada
Vancouver, BC is the location for the 2011 ACGM, Annual Conference & General Meeting for ITS Canada, June 12-15th at the Fairmont Hotel.
GEWI will be both exhibiting TIC3, and presenting a paper at the conference.
Over 50 papers will be present under three main tracks at the conference:
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) as a Tool in Challenging Economic Times.
Optimization Through the Integration of Systems and Data.
Achieving Sustainability Through ITS.
GEWI will be presenting a paper on 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.
LHW is just one of many benefits provided to the drivers in TPEG connected vehicles. Others include traffic flow and prediction, parking, traffic events, weather and more, as TPEG is an extendible protocol. Drivers could be made aware of many real time events, such as where roads have been cleared of snow.
For more information on GEWI’s presentation and exhibition at ITS Canada, contact email@example.com.
GEWI Technology: LHW (Local Hazard Warning)
Next generation navigation devices using the TPEG protocol have the capability of delivering a much richer data set to drivers, which should result in a safer driving experience.
One of those new data types which will alert drivers to road hazards ahead is LHW, Local Hazard Warning.
LHW is a subset of the TEC (Traffic Event Compact) application contained within TPEG, providing messages for event-oriented messages on road traffic.
LHW and TEC are based on the same specification but LHW is restricted exclusively to information about dangerous situations, i.e. when safety-critical incidents require increased driver attention.
GEWI is involved in a LHW project with BMW in Hessen Germany which will be offered as a commercial service in 2012. Attendees to ITS World Congress in Orlando will also have an opportunity to view a demonstration of this technology, and attendees to ITS Canada will be able to hear a presentation on the topic by Jim O’Neill of GEWI North America.
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.
GEWI has designed TIC3 to be flexible in the ways the seven main features of the TIC3 product operate with virtually any type of data. TIC3 makes it easy to configure a system to perform the main tasks surrounding data which are:
Manually create (or modify).
Automatically create (new data from existing data).
Data is then harmonized using TIC3′s proprietary internal methods, and distributed to whatever system or device is needed for sharing, processing or analysis.
For more information on how TIC can be used for Performance Measures, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TPEG NavTest now Available as Service
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.
GEWI will be demonstrating the new product to visitors at the 8th European Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services on June 6-9, 2011, as well as the TISA (Traveller Information Services Association) Annual General Assembly on June 10, 2011. Both events are taking place in Lyon, France.
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.
Announcing the launch and demonstrations of the new product, GEWI’s CEO, Hagen Geppert, commented: “We have a long history in providing testing for RDS-TMC navigation devices. Now, this important data quality testing is available for TPEG as well. This is the first time TPEG testing technology has been available with just a browser based tool. We expect this to be a very popular product with our navigation customers.”
GEWI 2011 Product Development Workshop
Over the past 15 years, the GEWI Product Development team has continuously improved the TIC product based on incorporating solutions based on global project requirements into the product.
TIC’s product features grow and are improved every week based on customer requests.
To ensure a high standard of quality in the product development process, GEWI held it’s 2011 Product Development workshop May 23 – 25th in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany.
Members of the Product Development team, along with representatives from Customer Projects, Marketing and Sales and Business Management teams met to improve the processes involved in the development of the TIC3 product.
Continuous improvement is a theme that runs through all of GEWI’s business teams, and June 20-22nd the GEWI Customer Projects team will hold a similar workshop in Berlin focusing on improving GEWI’s customer experience.
Download TIC Brochure & Leaflets
The TIC3 product allows you to perform many transportation related tasks simply by configuration of this commercial off-the-shelf-software (COTS).
Use the “Quick Links” section of this newsletter to download a product brochure which describes the TIC3 architecture. You can also download leaflets which demonstrate how TIC3 may be used for many purposes including:
- ATIS, DOT and 511 Services.
- Mobile Devices.
- Navigation and Connected Services
- Radio & TV Traffic Reports
- Work Zones & Road Conditions.
As a COTS solution, TIC can be deployed much more quickly and cost effectively than custom build-your-own solutions, yet still offer the most advanced features and functionality.
Selected leaflets are available for download in the Quick Links section of this newsletter. All are available for download at www.gewi.com.