North Texas upgrades work zone data provision


North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has selected, among other vendors including Navjoy and Mixon Hill, to provide work zone data sharing solutions, through the national Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx), for its member communities and US transportation agencies via the TXShare Cooperative Purchasing Program.

The WZDx data will provide information to GPS app developers, regional agencies and key third parties. The contract also dramatically simplifies the procurement process for public-sector agencies by extending access to any interested agency that can benefit from it. The contract satisfies Uniform Guidance 2.CFR.200 regulations, with the promise that software will be as seamless and simple to procure and deploy, as it is to operate.

“With simple installation and intuitive operation, our software allows traffic managers to digitize work zones for increased safety and efficiency,” said James Harris,’s founder and CEO. “We know many of the communities operate with small traffic management staffs and we are committed to not wasting their time with complicated procurement and operations protocols. While we recognize one size never fits all in transportation, we want to deliver an out of the box solution with all the components readily available.”

NCTCOG is a collaborative planning organization centered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, serving 16 counties and more than 230 local governments including cities, special districts and school districts. It also operates the TXShare Cooperative Purchasing Program to maximize the efficiencies of public procurement and allow access to dynamic contract offerings.

Craigan Johnson, senior purchasing manager for NCTCOG says the contract award is a win for all involved. “The NCTCOG recognized the benefits of being able to capture and analyze WZDx data, and how such technologies will become instrumental in the safety and efficiencies of tomorrow’s roadways. Understanding that WZDx data has become instrumental for roadway users, we saw the opportunity to make these services available to any public sector agency that desires to access them.” is one of the most experienced and respected work zone data software companies in the world. Company leaders were among a small group to help frame the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) and through continued leadership of key WZDx committees, is continuing to help steer the initiative’s evolution.

The work that will bring to the Dallas-Fort Worth area goes well beyond WZDx. For road agencies that need to generate and/or enrich their digital work zone data,’s Traffic Management module can generate detailed information that is essential for GPS services, including the precise extent of road and lane closures, temporary speed restrictions and detour routes.’s intuitive, map-based interface is simple to use and removes any technical barrier for data entry, allowing all teams within an agency to collaborate under a single operational view. In addition, is bringing a full team to the effort including technical and project directors, project managers, WZDx data feed engineers and even marketing strategists.

“At, we know work zones are among the most dangerous places on any road network,” says aid Harris. “We’re committed to driver safety and protecting the lives of workers. This agreement with NCTCOG has massive potential to do just that.”

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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).