Applied Information joins #FREEtheMIBs campaign

Initiative aims to boost interoperability across traffic management networks and hardware
Networking & Communication Systems / August 24, 2023
By Adam Hill
Data sharing intellectual property intersections © Kawee Wateesatogkij |
#FREEtheMIBs aims to improve intersection safety (© Kawee Wateesatogkij |

Applied Information has joined the #FREEtheMIBS campaign which aims to encourage traffic signal controller and ITS device manufacturers to unite with public sector agencies to share management information bases (MIBs).

MIBs provide a common language through which central traffic management systems and transportation management devices communicate - but they are not comprehensive and do not cater for the technical advances that are constantly made to the systems.

The aim of the initiative, which began four years ago, is to boost interoperability across traffic management networks and hardware, as well as boosting intersection safety and security.

“When you consider what it means to operate a smart city, it makes sense that Applied Information joined FREEtheMIBS,” says Mike Clance, Applied's vice president of controller business development.

“Free communication between signals, devices, traffic controllers, automobiles, and software is the bedrock that smart cities are built on. It’s unlikely that a whole city would only have one brand of traffic control products, so cross-communication, regardless of the vendor, is crucial to the connected vehicle/smart city future.”

FREEtheMIBS advisory board chair Trisha Tunilla says Applied is "a great partner to demonstrate the benefit derived from more sharing MIBs".

"Advocating with them is a fantastic opportunity to eliminate some myths and educate others about the benefits of open MIBs.”

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