Transportation and security officials on Inauguration Day will have
a centralized, consolidated stream of traffic information and other
data displayed on a single screen using software developed by the
University of Maryland.
||A single , real-time graphic display of the region's transportation compiled instantly from dozens of sources.|
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The Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS) gives officials a single real-time view far more comprehensive than previously available.
"At this point, our team is working almost around the clock to incorporate as much data and functionality as possible," says Michael L. Pack, director of the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT), part of the Clark School of Engineering.
The RITIS system fuses, translates, standardizes and redistributes vast
amounts of real-time information obtained from multiple agencies in the
region in order to provide an enhanced overall, real-time view, or
digital map, of traffic and incident conditions across the region's
transportation network. It can present the data in both two and
three-dimensional graphical formats, creating a life-like simulation
Click to see demonstration of the system's capability.
The system was originally developed to coordinate traffic-related
information, but the CATT lab is now working to build-in additional
data sources from public safety agencies, transit groups, weather data,
and numerous other groups.
||Giving officials the big picture in real-time.|
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"We're trying to visualize the real-time status of our transportation
system - showing the real world and providing situational awareness to
decision makers - all on a single screen," Pack says. "We're enabling
these many disparate systems to communicate with each other." The idea
is to enhance officials' ability to monitor vehicular traffic,
accidents, incidents, response plans, air space, weather conditions and
more - data that's available, but until now could not be simultaneously
displayed on a single platform or user interface.