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Spotlight on Intelight
Rich Marsanico, P.E.
Rich Marsanico, Jr.
Field Systems Engineers:
Welcome to Another Edition of the Traffic Systems Inc. Newsletter!
TSI is off to a great start in 2013. As of January, we have expanded our sales territory into parts of New England and are pleased to welcome Mr. Bob Blasi, PE, to the Traffic Systems, Inc. team to support this sales effort. You can learn more about Bob in our employee focus section of this newsletter.
In addition, we have several premier product lines, some new and some with long-standing relationships that we want to update you on as well as detail a few projects that are being designed and implemented as this issue hits the press.
Rich Marsanico, Jr.
Spotlight on Intelight
Traffic Systems, Inc. (TSI) is pleased to announce that we have added Intelight, Inc to our premier product suite and will be providing Intelight products exclusively to our customers in NY, NJ, CT as well as MA and RI. Intelight Inc. manufactures and supplies innovative traffic management products including advanced traffic controllers, traffic control cabinets, smart signals, “MaxTime” NTCIP compliant local firmware, and “MaxView” web-based central closed loop software systems. Intelight’s company mission is to provide their customers with the highest quality and most innovative "state-of-the-art" technology along with exceptional service and cost-effectiveness. Intelight’s revolutionary NEMA X2 controllers are the first traffic controllers on the market with an Android™ powered color touch screen front panel display, it also has a Linux operating system with browser based software which is accessible through a laptop/PDA or IPad/tablet. To learn more about Intelight’s award winning products visit their website at www.intelight-its.com or contact your local TSI Regional Sales Manager to schedule a presentation or product demonstration.
CoVal Advanced Travel Advisory System
CoVal Systems Inc. has created a light-weight, low-maintenance travel advisory system (CATAS) for use by agencies wanting an easy-to-implement, fully featured system for providing up-to-date travel time information to travelers.
CATAS used travel time link data provided by TRANSCOM to its member agencies, but is also equally capable of utilizing other sources such as BlueTOAD, Sensys, or ATMS data. Recently, CATAS played a key role in providing travel time messages to the motoring public during the construction on the Taconic Parkway Bridge. Four PVMS were placed on highways directly intersecting and immediately before the Taconic State Parkway. CATAS was responsible for disseminating travel time messages to the public, informing them of the northbound and southbound traffic conditions.
During the construction, CATAS was exceptionably stabile and proved to be an invaluable tool to analyze and report the changing traffic patterns and conditions on the Taconic State Parkway.
The operation of a basic CATAS system is shown in the figure below. The core system component is the CATAS Server which provides a database engine, connections to the VMS Modules, and provides a user-interface to access the configurations and reporting functionality of the system. CATAS brings in link data from external systems and collects it in one centralized place.
CATAS has three components:
The Server is a java application responsible for the functionality of the system. The CATAS requires minimal configuration and operator interaction. It has numerous roles including retrieving data from external sources (including link speed/travel time data and weather information), generating and disseminating travel time messages, and creating reports based historical records. In addition, it has maintenance interfaces to facilitate installation and troubleshooting.
The Workstation is a custom java Web Start application which communicates with the server in order to provide a comprehensive event-driven user interface.
The Web Interface provides remote access to the CATAS file-system. The Web Interface also provides the CATAS Current Message Report, which shows the messages currently being displayed on the signs entered into the system.
Key Processing Features
The following points present some of the most important tasks performed by CATAS:
Speed, Travel Time and Status data for Links of Interest (LOIs).
Each minute, LOIs are summed to obtain Trip travel times and statuses.
Each minute, a message is composed for each attached VMS.
Message composition is versatile. This display can be a simple, 2 character numeric travel time to a fully composed, multi-page message utilizing numerous variables such as speed, travel time, and distance.
Message templates and operations are schedulable by time of day, day of week, and day of year.
Every enabled VMS receives a message each minute. The message is uploaded to the system to verify the correct message is displayed. CATAS Events as well as every state change for message composition and communication quality are stored in Archive files.
User Interface Highlights
CATAS provides a streamlined GUI for configuring and monitoring the operation of the system.
The main window provides access to database configuration, data monitoring, and report generation.
Data lists are color-coded for immediate visual recognition of faults.
A snapshot of any report or list can be exported to HTML. Other output formats include Excel, MS Access DB, Rich Text Format, PDF, and graphical JPG.
Real-time updated map with server side tile-based distribution system.
For more information on CATAS, check out the Coval Systems website, www.covalsystems.net.
Employee Focus – Bob Blasi, PE
Traffic Systems, Inc. would like to welcome Bob Blasi, PE, to our growing team! Bob will be our New England sales representative covering Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Bob graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and has been in the field of Transportation Engineering for his entire career. His experience includes working as a consulting engineer for McGuire Associates in the Highway Design Group, working as a liaison engineer for CONNDOT, as well as working on traffic engineering designs and studies in Connecticut and in New York State. Prior to coming to TSI, he was Vice President/General Manager of SES America (SESA), a DMS supplier, for almost 20 years. While at SESA, he continued his professional involvement by taking an active role in NEMA as its first chairperson for DMS activities. This 16-year chairmanship included the development of NTICP object definitions and the creation of the first industry DMS hardware standard. Bob is an avid saltwater fisherman in his spare time, so if you need to find him you might want to look out in Narragansett Bay!
We at TSI look forward to working with Bob and benefitting from his immeasurable experience in the field of traffic.
April 18-19, 2013 - Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety (E.S.L.E.T.S) Conference – Rochester NY
April 22-24, 2013 - ITS America- Nashville TN
April 24, 2013 - Law Enforcement EXPOSITION – Hamburg, NY
May 22-24, 2013 - ITE NE District Northampton, MA
June 12-14, 2013 - ITS NY Saratoga, NY (Golf on 6/12)
August 4-7, 2013 - ITE Annual Meeting Boston, MA.
For more information on Traffic Systems, Inc. Visit www.trafficsystemsinc.com or call 631-242-4292 for product specifications.