Washington, DC’s District Department of Transportation (DDoT) has selected TransCore to develop and integrate an advanced software solution that enables District traffic management personnel to more effectively manage congestion, roadway incidents, and special events.
Known as the TransSuite Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS), TransCore’s software applications will be integrated with the DDoT’s existing signal control system and other systems, forming the Capital Traffic Operation Platform (CapTOP) ATMS.
“As our nation’s capital, Washington, DC is challenged with managing both local traffic and highly visible special events. These activities can change traffic flow in an instant and for long periods of time. That’s why real-time information sharing is so critical,” said Michael Mauritz, TransCore’s senior vice president for intelligent transportation systems solutions. “We’re excited to work with DDoT in developing a comprehensive traffic management and communications network.”
The goal of this two-year project is to enhance DDoT’s real-time exchange of information, roadway traffic condition monitoring, incident detection, and response capabilities. TransCore successfully deployed the initial phase in November 2015, which consisted of critical modules for event management, CCTV monitoring, dynamic message sign operations, and traveler’s information system. The remaining project elements will be completed in several phases over the next 10 months.
The CapTop ATMS is a comprehensive system which integrates new technology to improve traffic safety and enhance mobility. Specifically, the real-time traffic data from cameras, speed sensors, probe vehicle systems, and external data sources flows into the DDoT’s Traffic Management Center via CapTOP ATMS where it is processed, analyzed, and responded to appropriately for traffic management purposes.
Developed as a set of scalable, integrated traffic management software modules, the final CapTop ATMS enables traffic management personnel to monitor and manage an array of diverse challenges from complex emergency responses to roadway weather conditions. Real-time traffic data is presented in high-resolution dynamic graphical displays that can be overlaid on maps, aerial photos or computer-simulated drawings.