The ITSNY Board of Directors recently selected the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Advanced Transportation Management Incident Detect/Evaluate/Act System (ATM IDEAS) for the New York Project of the Year Award (http://www.its-ny.org/pdf/06AnnMtgProjYrPresentations.pdf). Evaluation criteria are based upon the project’s utilization of ITS and its impact on a New York transportation issue.
The system is managed by Transdyn’s DYNAC™ Enterprise Server (ES) software and enables the Authority to efficiently monitor traffic, weather, roadway conditions, and facility staffing information. The system responds rapidly to incidents and events that impact multiple facilities and agencies, and provides real-time motorist advisories through dynamic message signs.
Transdyn provided new operator workstations, servers, video network communication equipment, and a fully integrated video surveillance system linking 9 facilities with over 200 existing and new video cameras. A new state-of-the-art video over IP system broadcasts high definition video surveillance images between each facilities’ control room to a central control center over a high-speed wide-area network. The system assists operators in providing facility security, reducing congestion, and improving incident detection and clearance times. An interface to TRANSCOM, the area’s regional traffic information clearinghouse, is also included.
MTA is the nation’s largest bridge and tunnel authority serving more than one million people daily. It operates the Henry Hudson, Triborough, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, Verrazano-Narrows, Gil Hodges-Marine Parkway, and Cross Bay bridges as well as the Queens-Midtown and Brooklyn-Battery tunnels.