Global project requirements since 1997 have been built into the TIC product as features for our broad customer base which includes governments, commercial service providers, automobile clubs, road operators, car and navigation manufacturers, as well as radio stations, which will be the featured market in this edition. TIC is used by broadcasters not just for traffic news, but also for radio associated data, as used by MDR and described in this issue.
We’ll also profile Enrico Kalle, the Team Leader for the TIC Smart Client and provide a quick summary of ITS World Congress which was an extremely busy show for GEWI including receiving TV coverage on FOX TV of the GEWI / BMW Connected Vehicle Demonstration.
Several new videos have been produced for GEWI’s web site describing various TIC product features. Look for them on the main page at www.gewi.com.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season from everyone at GEWI Europe, GEWI Asia Pacific and GEWI North America!
GEWI Connected Vehicle Demo Makes News in Orlando
The GEWI / BMW Connected Vehicle Demo at the ITS World Congress Technology Showcase was very well attended by both convention visitors as well as media.
Matthias Defee, GEWI’s Director of Customer Projects-Worldwide, was interviewed by FOX News about the GEWI Local Hazard Warning demonstration.
The hazard warning is designed to deliver alerts directly into the vehicle about hazards on the road ahead, resulting in increased safety. This means drivers are warned about hazards well in advance of being able to visibly see the hazard in the road.
Click here to view the FOX News report which also features other technology demos from ITS World Congress in Orlando.
TIC for Traffic News Reporting
Producing traffic news reports to be read by people has a completely different set of requirements than for traffic that needs to be “read” by systems such as ATIS or Navigation devices.
TIC, however, was designed to do both right from the beginning, not as an add-on.
Since 1999, TIC has been used to create traffic news for broadcasters, and the latest features built into TIC for this market are very exciting.
TIC for Traffic News Reporting can be used to create traffic news for multiple radio stations or broadcasters within a single TIC system.
Traffic news data can be collected from external sources, or manually created using the TIC Smart Client.
Operators can create multiple stories or variations about news events. Then, several attributes can be assigned including: urgency, top story priority, and ability to hide stories. Each news story can also be shared in different variations, depending on the radio program requirements, including distribution in different languages.
From these stories, a News Report is created which can be filtered based on story ranking, duration of report and system configuration.
These News Reports are then published and can be read by announcers from the screen. The published news report can also be distributed in whatever format is required, including TIC3 XML, TIC3 Text, RSS, Twitter and more.
Traffic News Reporting is just one of many markets for which TIC can be used and can reduce the number of systems which need to be operated. Click here to view more, or visit the GEWI web site, www.gewi.com.
MDR Uses TIC for Radio Data
German broadcaster MDR, operating 8 radio programs in three federal states in Middle Germany, has been using TIC for Traffic News Reporting since 1999.
MDR is now also using TIC for processing Radio Associated Data, defined as additional information to the audio program such as station name, list of broadcast frequencies, song title, text message, images (album cover, photos, etc.) electronic program guides, RDS-TMC, TPEG and more.
TIC is used to collect content from multiple feeds, harmonize the data, and then distribute the data as RDS over FM as well as over Digital Radio (DAB+), Satellite Radio and Internet Radio for all of their eight radio channels.
What MDR appreciates about the TIC system is the efficiency TIC provides by using a single TIC system to process Program Associated Data, and for Traffic News.
This is just another example of the tremendous flexibility built into TIC whereby TIC can be configured for one or multiple uses, based on customer requirements.
For more details on the many markets TIC can be used for, visit the GEWI web site, www.gewi.com.
GEWI to Exhibit at Gulf Traffic in Dubai
GEWI will be wrapping up another busy year of exhibitions by again attending the Gulf Traffic Exhibition, Conference & Awards.
The conference will be held December 12-14th at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE. Look for GEWI’s exhibition at stand #3F10 and view the latest TIC product features including TIC for iPad which provides an excellent solution for Mobile Traffic Data Entry.
Gulf Traffic promises to be the largest event in the Middle East that covers Road Safety and ITS. The conference will present some of the most influential international experts who will speak about global best practices and how they can be implemented in the region.
ITS World Congress Review
The GEWI exhibition at ITS World Congress in Orlando represented the largest participation in the company’s 19 year history. With the introduction of TIC for iPad for Mobile Traffic Data entry, a new marketing message – TIC CONNECTS, and several in-conference promotions, there was a high volume of traffic at both the Indoor and Outdoor GEWI exhibits.
For a quick video summary of the 2011 ITS World Congress, click here.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by for conversation and demonstrations, and we hope to see you next year for ITS World Congress 2012 in Vienna, if not sooner at Gulf Traffic in Dubai.
New Product Videos on GEWI Website
The recent re-launch of GEWI’s web site at www.gewi.com includes videos which demonstrate several new TIC product features. The videos make it easier for visitors to “self demonstrate” the TIC system and preview specific product features of interest to them.
Videos are available for:
- Work Zone
- Traffic & Travel Events
- Mobile Traffic Data Entry
Several more videos are being produced and over time will provide introductions to many TIC product features.
GEWI Asia Pacific Releases New Singapore Location Table
GEWI Asia Pacific recently released a new TMC Location table for Singapore. With this updated table, drivers are now able to receive parking lot availability information and weather forecasts, in addition to traffic messages.
In Jun 2006, GEWI Europe GmbH & Co. KG released the first TISA certified TMC Location Table for Singapore and started a traffic broadcast service which is operated by its Singapore company, GEWI Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
The table was updated to version 1.1 in July 2009, and now with the latest update, version 1.2 more than 150 car park locations within the Central Business District and downtown areas are included. The table was certified by TISA in May 2011.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download New TIC for Traffic Brochure
The 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 a product brochure which describes the flexible TIC3 architecture which allows TIC to be used for many purposes including:
-Traffic & Travel Information Services
-Navigation System Testing
-Data Harmonization and Exchange
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.
For more information, visit www.gewi.com.
In this Issue
GEWI on FOX News
TIC for Traffic News
TIC for Radio Data
GEWI at Gulf Traffic
Review of ITS World Congress
TIC Product Videos
New Singapore TMC Location Table
Download TIC Brochure
GEWI Profile – Enrico Kalle
GEWI on FOX TV
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TIC Smart Client Team Leader
Enrico joined GEWI as a software developer 13 years ago and through the years has become a key member of the Product Development team, now serving as the Team Leader for development of the TIC Smart Client.
A 1998 Graduate engineer in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication Engineering from Hochschule Merseburg University of Applied Sciences, Enrico is an expert in third-party user interface controls such as Infragistics.
Enrico led the development of the TIC Editor for the German State Police as well as TIC for Radio Data, which is further detailed in this issue.
In his free time he enjoys karate and running, and like all members of the GEWI development team, Enrico is fluent in both English and German.