Control Center Technologies

image of GPS Satellite

SwRI staff have worked on upgrades in the
GPS Satellite control center. Image courtesy
of U.S. Department of Defense.


image of control functions for a wide variety of plant operations

SwRI staff have developed software process control functions for a wide variety of plant operations.


image pipeline and lubricant production facilities.

SwRI staff have developed command/control software for pipeline and lubricant production facilities.


image of distributed workstation technology

SwRI staff have assisted NASA with the upgrade from mainframe technology to distributed workstation technology. Image courtesy of NASA.


image of developed transportation management software that is deployed across the states of Texas and Florida

SwRI staff have developed transportation management software that is deployed across the states of Texas and Florida.

Integrating operations and processes to provide centralized control

For more than 20 years, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been developing software for control center applications. SwRI's extensive experience includes:

  • Process control industry
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Manned and unmanned space applications
  • Transportation applications

This cross-cutting experience allows SwRI staff to apply the lessons learned in one application domain to similar applications in other domains. SwRI staff are able to perform the following phases of development for control centers:

  • Requirements
  • Design
  • Development
  • Integration and Testing
  • Deployment
  • Independent Verification and Validation

In addition to integrating devices within a single facility, SwRI has developed standards-based, center-to-center communications capabilities to provide a regional view of multiple centers. Project experience includes:

  • Lubricant production facilities
  • Oil refineries
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • NASA control centers
  • Transportation control centers
  • Air Force GPS control center

The ownership of software developed by SwRI for these centers typically remains the property of the organization that paid for the development. This allows the owning organization to deploy the software as many times as desired without paying any type of licensing fees. SwRI-developed software is deployed in the following centers.

Texas Transportation Management Centers

  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Lubbock
  • Amarillo
  • Corpus Christi

Florida Transportation Management Centers

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • Jacksonville
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa

Toll Facilities

  • Miami Dade Expressway
  • Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority

Related Terminology

intelligent transportation systems  •  ITS surveillance technology deployment •  control center software •  control center technologies  •  software process control  •  manned space applications  •  transportation applications  •  center-to-center communications

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07/13/16