11 Nov Missouri Department of Transportation Selects TransCore to Provide St. Louis’ New Traffic Management System Powered by TransSuite
HARRISBURG, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) awards TransCore a $3.3 million contract to replace their existing traffic management software system and integrate TransCore’s state-of-the-art TransSuite® traffic management software into the Gateway Guide program, a system designed to relieve congestion and improve safety in the St. Louis area, the state’s largest city and the 16th-largest urban area in the country. The system cutover will be complete by April 2012.
MoDOT’s Gateway Guide program works around the clock and is made up of many state-of-the-art devices to manage the region’s transportation network more effectively. The program utilizes real-time traffic information to reduce traffic delays caused by incidents, work zones and the growing demand on the cities road network. Gateway Guide also provides drivers information in several formats, primarily by web, telephone or variable message signs. The video images are also shared with local media as a courtesy for use during traffic reports.
MoDOT wanted a system that was more flexible yet diverse enough to meet its requirements and support an expansive program. With an existing TransSuite deployment in Kansas City, MoDOT looked to TransCore to bring its products to bear in their largest urban area. A detailed transition plan will provide a seamless transfer to the TransSuite system and minimize service disruptions. TransCore has installations in more than 30 metropolitan areas across the country and 35 years experience deploying traffic management systems.
David Sparks, TransCore’s executive vice president, explains, “Mobility is one of the cornerstones for a city’s vitality and growth. In today’s environment, optimizing the capacity of a city’s current transportation infrastructure is crucial to creating a vibrant economy, attracting tourism, and improving residents’ quality of life.
“The Missouri Department of Transportation’s decision to adopt the TransSuite Traffic Management System will provide even more sophisticated integration among Missouri DOT’s various traffic systems so the Gateway Guide Traffic Management Center engineers can manage their roadway networks with increased precision and respond to traffic situations in real time.”
TransSuite is an integrated family of transportation management software products designed to meet all ITS needs in a common architecture. The system framework provides users with field-proven software modules for all ITS devices including traffic signal controllers, freeway management data collection, ramp metering, dynamic message signs, CCTV controls and display management, incident management and response, and center-to-center interfaces.
The user interface is consistent and intuitive across the entire product family. The Windows® interface will be familiar since the interface employs Windows standards for drag and drop controls, fly-over information, and context-sensitive device menus. Each workstation can access all system functions with customized security levels for each user.
MoDOT will deploy five of the TransSuite modules, including:
- ATMS Map / ATMS Explorer – Map is a dynamic GIS based graphical interface that ties all other modules together. Context sensitive functionality (hover-over and right-click menus) provide operators quick access to information for system devices and links to the full functionality of all modules, and administrators access to system and device configuration tools.
- Video Control System (VCS) manages all video systems including CCTV control, video display, and video wall management.
- Event Manager (EM) provides incident, construction, or planned event tracking, response, and reporting functionality.
- Freeway Management System (FMS) gathers, processes, and displays data from roadway vehicle detection devices. TransSuite’s FMS is used to define and manage travel time routes data display, incident detection algorithms, Ramp Metering monitoring and control, and automated queue message generation.
- Traveler Information System (TIS) allows management and control of permanent and portable Dynamic Message Signs, Highway Advisory Radios, blank-out signs, and developing interfaces for other devices such as Lane Control and Variable Speed Limit signs.
TransCore’s 75-year heritage supporting the transportation industry spans the development of RFID transportation applications at Los Alamos National Labs to implementation of the nation’s first electronic toll collection system. The breadth of the company’s expertise includes traffic management systems, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), systems integration, design consulting, operations, maintenance, RFID manufacturing, and extensive Web-based logistics systems. TransCore has installations in 46 countries and a vast portfolio of intellectual property. In 2011, Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked TransCore No. 154 out of the Top 500 Design Firms.
TransCore offers an extensive suite of enterprise software applications, business process outsourcing, system integration, customer care and maintenance services to provide complete solutions, configurable to customers’ requirements. TransCore is a U.S. owned and operated company with headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa. TransCore operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Roper Industries, a Standard and Poor’s S&P 500 Index company.