Transportation Management Systems

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SwRI has implemented and integrated a series of intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies.


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video of TransGuide operations cover 26 miles of San Antonio freeways

TransGuide operations, which began in July 1995 on 26 miles of San Antonio freeways, have so far resulted in a 15 percent reduction in accidents, according to a Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) study.


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San Antonio joins the Seattle, Phoenix, and New York/New Jersey/Connecticut areas in showcasing advanced Intelligent Transportation System features.

A leader in design, development, and deployment of Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been implementing ATMS since the early 1990s. SwRI integrates new technologies and equipment into existing ATMS and Traffic Management Centers (TMC).

SwRI is also active in the development and administration of state and national standards for ATMS.

SwRI has implemented and integrated the following intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies:

Advanced Traffic Management Subsystems

  • Automated vehicle identification (AVI)
  • Automated vehicle location (AVL)
  • Center-to-center (C2C)
  • Closed-circuit television (CCTV)
  • Data fusion
  • Data warehouse
  • Dynamic message signs (DMS)
  • Express lanes (variable pricing)
  • 511 information dissemination
  • Highway advisory radio
  • Incident detection and response plan generation
  • License plate recognition
  • Maintenance databases
  • Traffic conditions detection
  • Travel time
  • Variable speed limit
  • Video switching
  • Weather sensor/data integration

Traffic Management

  • Incident management
  • Automated incident detection
  • 911 incident integration
  • Automatic notification (paging)

User Interfaces

  • Real-time traffic condition displays
  • Travel times
  • Web-based user interfaces and ATMS web sites
  • Advanced traveler information systems (ATIS)
  • 511 traffic conditions interface

Other Advanced Traffic Management Technologies

  • Wireless communications networks for video and data
  • Support and migration of legacy equipment
  • ATMS equipment maintenance management
  • Data archiving and warehousing
  • Data mining and visualization
  • National standards and ITS architecture
  • System logging
  • System status, health, and maintenance

Related Terminology

advanced traffic management  •  ATMS •  automated traffic incident detection  •  real-time traffic conditions  •  travel times  •  traveler information systems  •  TransGuide  •  data archiving  •  data mining  •  reduce traffic accidents  •  data fusion  •  license plate recognition

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 10 technical divisions.
07/13/16