As GEWI approaches our 25th anniversary in 2017, we find it interesting to look back at the evolution of traffic technologies beginning with Alert A and C to RDS-TMC, through today’s environment of TPEG, connected devices, social media and Connected Vehicles (CV).
GEWI has been involved in several CV demonstration projects such as Local Hazard Warning (LHW) and VMS2DASH which have helped prepare the TIC Software for real-world projects such as pothole detection which is described in this newsletter.
TIC can also be used to exchange data between public agency (and other) systems and the vehicle, including the new Alternative Navigation Route feature, also described in this issue.
Data from Connected Vehicles can also be used to automatically create Road Incident Management (RIM) projects by TIC, or projects can be manually created by operators. As Project Manager for the Danish Road Directorate project, Dirk Raunitschka is expert on the RIM feature and he is profiled in this issue.
Additionally, if you have an interest in generating Real-time Traffic Data while at the scene of an incident or work zone, check out the TIC Smart Client for iPad video.
Should you have any questions about anything in this newsletter, or to discuss your requirements or schedule a product demonstration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIC3 Architecture Enables Connected Vehicle Projects
When GEWI started re-architecting the TIC Software in 2006 to prepare for TIC3, one of the design goals was to easily collect new data types, such as those created by Connected Vehicles and Internet Connected Devices.
TIC can be used to exchange data between the vehicle and the public agency, or other organization without the need for any system modifications by the customer.
Data collected from the vehicle can be viewed in TIC, distributed to existing DOT (or other) systems, and automatically create road incident projects when the collected data relates to road related problems. Data from public agencies, such as work zones, road incidents and alternative routes, can also be distributed directly to the vehicles.
As a commercial off-the-shelf product, the TIC Software features only need to be configured to meet the project requirements. TIC is already compatible to collect and distribute data with many popular formats, and can easily connect to new systems or devices with the creation of a new “Collect” or “Distribute” component.
Today, the TIC Software is in use in over 150 projects worldwide and over 30 customers have already upgraded to the TIC3 version.
To learn the many other types of projects TIC can be used for, or visit www.gewi.com
TIC Alternative Route Feature Connects DOT’s and Vehicles
With the increased popularity of in-vehicle navigation devices, public agencies need to be aware that it is now the navigation devices, and other traffic applications, that are providing drivers with the suggested alternate routes, which may not always be the preferred route of the agency.
To address this concern, GEWI has added a dynamic “Alternative Navigation Route” feature in the TIC Software which will automatically display routes that will be suggested by navigation devices when a traffic incident is entered into TIC.
By reviewing these suggested alternate routes, the agency can identify if there may already be an event, such as a construction project, on one of the alternate routes.
With just one click, the agency can select the preferred alternate route, or the operator can edit the alternate route, (or create their own) which can then be distributed to navigation devices.
By knowing in advance the routes that drivers will be given by their devices, the agencies can take any appropriate additional steps required, such as utilizing VMS messages or signage to ensure that drivers avoid problematic routes and follow the agencies selected preferred route.
For more information, visit GEWI online at www.gewi.com
Connected Work Zone and Apple Watch Topics at GEWI Workshop
GEWI kicked off 2016 with their annual business workshop, held in Bavaria 18-21 January 2016, with team members from Product Development, Customer Projects, IT, Sales and Marketing in attendance.
The goal of the annual event is to align all teams with GEWI’s business and product goals for 2016, to discuss new ideas about markets, sales, and customer projects, and overall to share information which will result in improved TIC Software product features and solutions for GEWI’s customers.
Session highlights included lively discussion on elements of the Connected Work Zone, including current TIC features related to potholes, cameras, smart cones and mobile devices, such as the Apple Watch. Discussions about the integration of more traffic and travel data sources included connected vehicles, social media, and even drones!
In 2015 GEWI introduced the “Project” feature which is central to the Road Incident Management market. A full day was spent on how to improve the TIC Smart Client graphical User Interface (UI) to allow customers to more quickly and easily create their own custom Incident Response Plans using TIC’s Business Processes. This allows customers to further customize their TIC systems, on-the-fly, to add new response plans and continually improve existing plans.
By all accounts, this was the most enjoyable and productive workshop in GEWI’s 24 year history and the bar has definitely been raised as the agenda is already being discussed for GEWI’s 25th anniversary workshop in 2017.
Connected Vehicle Use Case: Pothole Detection
As automotive systems generate new types of data, real-world benefits can be realized from the connected vehicle. An example of one of these benefits will be automated pothole detection.
When the vehicle detects a pothole, the information could be collected by the TIC system which can automatically create a “Pothole repair project” using the “Project” feature of the TIC system.
Whether the pothole information is collected automatically or created manually, operators will be presented with a task which will guide them step-by-step through the pothole repair project. This can include assigning the appropriate resources based on the pothole location, priority, repair status, and any other steps the agency wishes to include.
Early detection, reporting and repair of potholes will benefit the public agency by lowering costs by repairing the potholes at an earlier stage requiring less time and resources to complete the project.
TIC can also be used for other road infrastructure events with the Road Incident Management feature. For more information about the many ways TIC can be used for your traffic and travel related projects, visit www.gewi.com
Real-Time Traffic Data Entry for Work Zones
New TIC for Work Zone Leaflet Available on GEWI Website
A new TIC for Work Zones leaflet is now available.
The leaflet describes how TIC software can be used to improve work zone planning, create and share information, inform travelers, check diversion routes, create permits, analyze work zone impact, and more.
Click here to download the new leaflet.
To schedule a demonstration contact a representative in your region.
Product Videos on GEWI Website
GEWI’s web site includes videos for many of the TIC product features. These 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.
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
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 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
– Road Incident Management
– TIC for Work Zones
– Real-time Information for Navigation
– Navigation System Testing
– Traffic News for Radio
– 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.
For more information, visit www.gewi.com.
In This Issue
TIC Architecture Enables CV Projects
New Alternative Navigation Route Feature
GEWI Business Workshop
Connected Vehicle Use Case: Pothole Detection
TIC Mobile Traffic Data Entry
New Work Zone Leaflet
TIC Product Feature Videos
TIC for Traffic Brochure
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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While Dirk is one of GEWI’s newer employees, joining the company in August of 2014, he’s already making significant contributions for the Customer Projects team.
Dirk studied economics at the University of Leipzig and engineering at the University of Applied Science.
Prior to joining GEWI, he was responsible for Java based programming for automated trading strategies at Visual JForex.
His project management, trading system and business analysis experience has served him well as the project manager for the Danish Road Directorate, BMW Traffic Service and GEWI user feedback systems.
Away from the office Dirk enjoys basketball, volleyball and economics.