Southwest Research Institute (SWRI
), arrives at the ITS World Congress in celebratory mood after securing a five-year, $4.1 million contract. The deal will see SWRI develop a regional advanced transportation management system (ATMS), data hub and traveller information system (TIS) for the state transportation authorities in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. When implemented the system will upgrade the highway information infrastructure in northern New England and provide coordinated real-time traffic, safety and weather information to motorists.
The single-platform ATMS will enable collaboration among the three states’ departments of transportation and public safety agencies, allowing them to relay comprehensive information to motorists as quickly as possible. It will replace outdated technology with an extended and customised version of ActiveITS software initially developed by SWRI for the Florida Department of Transportation’s SunGuide and Texas Department of Transportation’s Lonestar traffic management systems.
“Advanced traffic management systems have been shown to reduce secondary collisions, mitigate congestion and, most importantly, save lives,” said program director Dr. Robert Heller in the Intelligent Systems Department in SWRI’s Automation and Data Systems Division. “Texas and Florida have agreed to share the software we developed with other government entities throughout the United States, so we are able to provide a solution to New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine at greatly reduced costs.”
• SWRI has a booth in the main hall and will participate in the Connected Automation area on Belle Isle. It will use several highly automated vehicles to show how advanced low-cost perception and localisation technology has matured and can help solve today’s transportation problems.