In November 2016, GEWI hosted a Work Zone user group in Werder Germany, near Potsdam, allowing users to share problems and ideas related to their Work Zone process as well to review the latest TIC Work Zone Features.
One of the topics of most discussion was how traffic flow and traffic pattern data from third party providers (such as HERE, TomTom and INRIX) can be used with the TIC for Work Zone solution to enable work zone planning.
A representative from one of the major data suppliers provided a presentation on how historical and real-time data can benefit the entire work zone process.
Historical information helps public agencies identify the best times to schedule work zones to minimize impact on traffic.
Real-time information allows agencies to verify the quality of Work Zone information such as start time, end time, and exact location.
The discussion then moved to how TIC for Work Zones can be used with Smart Cities projects and on a larger scale how TIC can enable a nationwide data exchange system for creation and distribution of Work Zone information.
Attendees then learned about recent major work zone enhancements in TIC including a new graphical interface for entering lane information for work zone lane closures, reassignment or restrictions, and the ability to issue Work Zone permits directly from the TIC system.
Hessen Mobil is the first customer to use the TIC Project feature for creating work zone permits. This allows customers to implement their agency specific process which streamlines the data that is contained in the permits. Data quality is dramatically improved as all operators now are able to easily and consistently use this same process.
Finally, TIC for Traffic and Travel Events (TTE) enables Work Zone information to be provided to websites, apps, navigation, broadcasters and other systems that provide the real-time work zone information to commuters regardless of their preferred source for traffic and travel information.
The next Work Zone user group workshop is planned for September of 2017. For more information on TIC for Work Zones, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.