Tuesday, September 20, 2005

More Cool Virginia Transportation Technology: Road Condition Information Systems

From Science Applications International Corporation in McLean comes another advance in Intelligent Transportation Systems. As summarized in tomorrow's VA Newswire:

MCLEAN--The Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology Business Unit of SAIC is teaming with North Dakota-based Meridian Environmental Technology, Inc., to create a system that delivers integrated information on road, weather and traffic conditions to maintenance and traffic operations managers.

Said Meridian President Leon Osborne: "As transportation agencies at all levels of government strive to make more informed decisions, they need to have the ability to integrate data and information from multiple sources. Our system provides a framework for bringing all required data and information into one location for those decisions makers." More.


At 7:31 PM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

What is a road condition? Either it is there or it isn't, paved or not, rough or smooth. How does technology help me with that?

Weather and traffic conditions are dynamic, and current information can be retrieved using technology.

Once they have that information, what decisions can transportation agencies at all levels possibly make that can actually help a driver in real time?

We can turn on and off the ramp metering signals where they exist, change the automatic warning signs (usually too late to help) maybe change some traffic signals. Otherwise, if it rains traffic will slow down and become more dangerous. I would like to think there is more traffic operations managers can do, but I don't know what it is.

As for road maintenance help, I really don't see any application. Mybe a pothole hot line or something.

This cool technology looks like an oversold boondoggle. Somebody plase explain to me why I'm wrong on this.


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