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Gewi adds key new features for broadcasters and DOTs

One of the most widely-used off-the-shelf software systems for managing roadway information now includes several new features, including a hosted service for radio and TV broadcasters.

Now in its fourth generation, Gewi’s Traveler Information Center (TIC) product is an off-the-shelf software system for managing roadway information that is used by many Departments of Transportation (DOTs), traffic agencies, auto makers and device manufacturers. The software platform is used to collect, create, store, monitor, view, manage and distribute information, such as real-time traffic data, from a wide range of sources. The software is designed to be used as an out-of-box system or as a server-based or hosted service delivery platform, and is capable of producing outputs in any required format, including RDS-TMC, TPEG, PDA, and web.

A new cloud-based service has recently been introduced by Gewi that makes it easier than ever for broadcasters to air up-to-the minute traffic reports. Fully scripted traffic reports can now be automatically created and delivered using the TIC Newsreader system, in English, German, or any of the many languages supported by TIC. Public agencies also benefit by being able to immediately provide traffic information to local radio stations in a ready-for-broadcast format. The reports can even be color coded, with Red indicating an urgent message that should be broadcast immediately, and Yellow to indicate it should be aired at the next possible opportunity. The same TIC system is also compatible with AMBER Alerts in the USA.

Traffic information is collected from public data sources by the TIC Software and is processed automatically based on the specific requirements of the broadcaster, then delivered as a formatted script through the TIC Newsreader. Traffic anchors or reporters then only need to open a browser and read their customized traffic report from the TIC Newsreader. The report can also be provided in XML, RSS and Google KML, which allows the same report to be read on smart phones, apps and websites. Anchors are also able to show/hide individual stories in the automatically scripted traffic report, allowing them to edit their report for time or other considerations. Stations that require the capability to edit or otherwise manipulate the traffic information can do so using a TIC System and the TIC for Traffic News feature.

Gewi has also introduced a new ‘TIC Document’ feature that allows organizations to create a wide range of documents directly from the TIC Software. The new feature uses templates that have been designed to be easy to create and modify, in order to export any data in the TIC system as a document or report. The TIC Document feature is already being used to issue permits for traffic control at or near work zones. By incorporating the permit process into the same TIC system that manages the work zone and traffic and travel information, public agencies can better control all information about the work zone, including providing the public with accurate reports about how the work zone will affect traffic. The TIC Document feature can also be used to create management reports to track operator performance, or reports based on specific incidents, roadways, or any other data managed by the TIC system. This includes status of ITS Devices or an overview of all monitored systems.

April 11, 2016

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