TrafficLand gives CBS RADIO access to live video from thousands of traffic cameras


TrafficLand, one of the largest authorized aggregators of live traffic video in the USA, has signed an agreement with CBS RADIO, allowing the broadcaster’s news operations to use its video management technology.

The TrafficLand Video Management Console (VMC) service provides integrated access to real-time video from thousands of state and local Department of Transportation (DOT) traffic cameras across the USA through a specialized interface that was built by the company for traffic reporters and first responders to improve situational awareness.

TrafficLand’s patented Image Engine technology provides single-source access to live video streams from over 20,000 traffic cameras, in more than 200 cities on its network. Video formats and services offered by the company support mobile applications, traveler information websites, broadcast traffic reporting, navigation devices, and a dedicated service for DOTs and public safety agencies to aid traffic management and emergency response.

TrafficLand’s VMC service gives CBS RADIO regional news operation centers and individual radio stations 24-hour access and the ability to monitor rush hour patterns, traffic bottlenecks like bridges and tunnels, and how incidents affect traffic conditions. The VMC service also lets users set up multi-camera ‘catalog’ displays in logical groupings that can be stored for repeat use and viewed as needed for fast reference updates, which quickly show the effects of traffic and weather conditions or emergency situations on roadways. Clicking on cameras (either from the map or catalogs) can launch live streaming video in a large viewing window, allowing users to focus on a specific traffic, weather or news incident. The VMC can also find cameras using an interactive map or text search.

“We are very pleased to have CBS RADIO join the growing number of broadcast stations nationwide using our services,” said Lawrence Nelson, CEO of TrafficLand. “Our media partners find our services give them fast access to live video verification from the roadside cameras that can help them understand traffic conditions, and improve the timeliness and accuracy of their traffic reports.”

Fred Bennett, VP/GM of traffic operations and partnerships at CBS RADIO, commented, “The TrafficLand VMC service advances our ability to provide listeners with more accurate information by using real-time video from roadside cameras nationwide. The access we have to major and local roadways, tunnels and bridges is unprecedented and will help us expand our coverage and responsiveness to traffic incidents and their effects across all of our local radio stations throughout the USA.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).