When seeking a technical solution for a new system, "Build versus Buy" is a decision faced by every company. This is the same decision made more than 10 years ago by the German state police which became the beginnings of what today has evolved into the TIC3 product.
In this edition we'll examine what was involved in that decision almost two decades ago, and why today, quite often the decision to "Buy" is often much less risky and more affordable than a home grown solution.
GEWI is also pleased to announce that iQios has selected TIC to power their traffic service in Indonesia, and more information on that project is included in this newsletter.
In the technology section, we provide an overview of an exciting new method of location referencing which is being used in navigation devices: AGORA-C. This technology has been incorporated into TIC3, with much of the work being done by GEWI engineer Thomas Rothe who is profiled in this edition.
For more information on TIC products, customers and markets served, please see the Quick Links section of this newsletter or visit
TIC3 - Now Compatible with AGORA-C
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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.
An example of road networks include:
  • Digital navigation maps such as from NAVTEQ or TomTom.
  • Road networks in GDF, ESRI shape files or custom networks.
An example of location referencing methods include:
  • Geographical position.
  • Distance Marker.
  • TMC Location.
  • AGORA-C.
  • TIC3 Location.
  • and OpenLR (planned).
AGORA-C is unique as it provides an "on the fly" method of referencing locations using multiple reference source standards and versions. AGORA-C provides many benefits as the AGORA-C method is able to provide location referencing independent of any individual map vendor, independent of the geographical database independent of the application in which it is used, independent of the hardware/software platform.
In addition, AGORA-C is very fast at encoding locations and saves bandwidth due to usage of a very small and compact binary format.
AGORA-C supports several location types including; point locations, linear locations and area locations and uses a combination of several location referencing methods e.g. Extended ILOC, Pivot Point and Good-Lane to calculate precise locations "on-the-fly".
TIC3 is able to correlate the AGORA-C location to the TIC3 location, allowing harmonization of locations between multiple location referencing methods (as described above). 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.
iQios and TIC Power Indonesia Traffic Service
iQIOS LogoIn 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.
TIC is the world's most widely implemented software solution used for the collecting, processing and distributing traffic and traveller information.
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.
"iQios is proud to be a pioneer in Indonesia to provide accurate and live information to Jakarta motorists to avoid traffic jams. iQios' source data will be continually expanding and the TIC solution offers us a high degree of technical and commercial flexibility as we develop our services, rather than spending our resources on developing software" commented Mr Dharmawan, iQios' Director.
Case Study: TIC for Police
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.
At that time, they faced the same "Build versus Buy" decision that most organizations face each time a new system is required, such as when an existing system is made obsolete by new business requirements.
Based on the success of the software in Saxony-Anhalt, Bavaria became the next state to decide to purchase the GEWI solution. One by one, all German states came to the same conclusion that a product purchase made more sense than a custom development. By 2005, 100% of the 16 German states were using TIC.
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 some cases, TIC is also used to collect information from the police Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to gather information about incidents which have an impact on traffic.
TIC's flexibility has proven time and time again the wisdom of the choice by the German state police. Each state has the ability to independently configure the system for their specific needs, and deploy the system across as many servers as required without concern for per seat licensing costs. When communication protocols, incident and location referencing and other standards change and evolve, GEWI ensures that their systems are compliant with current technical standards.
If you are interested in more information on TIC for Police, contact
Build vs Buy - Making the Best Decision
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:
  • Specified problems and requirements.
  • Solution features which can solve the problems and requirements.
  • Cost of the solution, measured in time, money and risk:
    • Cost to design.
    • Cost to deploy.
    • Cost to operate.
    • Cost to maintain and support over many years.
    • Cost to easily add new features to meet future requirements.
  • Value of the solution:
    • Value of features used to meet key requirements.
    • Value of available features for additional requirements.
    • Value of planned features for future requirements.
    • Value of a working solution being usable sooner rather than later.
  • Return on investment (ROI): more value than cost over lifetime.
  • Ability to easily test, prototype, and demonstrate new ideas.
  • Solution flexibility and scalability.
  • Experience and industry knowledge.
GEWI won't claim that "one size fits all", but we do invite you to contact us to discuss your specific project requirements. With the experience of over 125 projects from all over the world built into TIC, we have a wealth of experience and insight to share.
For more information on how TIC could be licensed for your project, contact
GEWI 2011 Market Workshop
2011 WorkshopFor 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.
Much of GEWI's success has been tied to tight integration between the market and product vision and internal planning and communication between all teams.
The three day workshop was very successful and resulted in not only evaluating new markets for GEWI's products, but also a clear process by which each requirement in the service chain is identified and the relationship between GEWI business and TIC product features can be established for new markets.
Later this year, similar meetings have been organized for the Product Development and Customer Projects teams, as well as GEWI's company-wide business workshop in September 2011.
Download TIC Brochure & Leaflets
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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
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GEWI Newsletter
Mar/Apr 2011
In this Issue
TIC3 - Now AGORA-C Compatible
TIC Powers iQios Indonesia Traffic Service
TIC for Police
Build Versus Buy
GEWI Market Workshop
GEWI Profile - Thomas Rothe
Quick Links
GEWI Web Site
TIC for Traffic
TIC for ATIS & DOT 511
TIC for Mobile Devices
TIC for Radio & TV
TIC for Navigation & Connected Services
TIC for Work Zones & Road Conditions
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GEWI Profile
Thomas Rothe
Thomas Rothe
Software Engineer
Thomas received his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1998 and joined GEWI after graduation.
In the last 13 years, Thomas has been instrumental in the development of many features of the TIC product.
Today, his main area of responsibility is mapping and visualization of objects and events in applications and web mapping applications.
Thomas is also expert in the many methods for location referencing, including AGORA-C, the latest method to be incorporated into the TIC product.
In 2001, Thomas joined the Location Table release team at the TMC Forum (today known as TISA, the Traveler Information Services Association.
Since April of 2008, he has served as Chair of the Location Table Release Team which analyzes TMC location tables and certifies their implementation quality. This important process ensures they can be safely integrated into map databases.
As you can imagine, this experience is extremely valuable to the TIC Product Development Team as maps are central to the user experience of the TIC product.
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