TransCore releases iPad app for managing traffic realtime remotely
By Peter Samuel
TransCore is now providing a mobile app for TransSuite, its major traffic management center system. To date a PC or laptop has been needed for TransSuite.
Says the announcement today: "No longer will agency engineers or managers have to be tethered to terminals or stationed at the Traffic Management Center to monitor traffic conditions and system operations. The App is designed for use by both operations and maintenance personnel while a publicly available app for commuters in select markets can be downloaded from Apple's App Store."
For easy touch screen, mobile computing, the primary display is a zoomable, scrollable map view with data overlays. In addition to the map-based view, the application also provides list-based views of system elements, and includes an integrated web browser that can be used to access the TransSuite MOMS maintenance application.
The iPad mobile application user interface consists of a full screen display with a set of tabs allowing the user to switch between areas of functionality.
The first tab, the ATMS Map, provides a GOOGLE MAPSTM-based geographic display. The map can be panned and zoomed just as in the GOOGLE MAPS application.
There is a map overlay of icons for:
- fixed-mount dynamic message signs
- portable dynamic message signs
- road weather information system detector stations
- expressway links with colors indicating speed
- incidents, planned events, and construction locations
Tapping one of these icons displays a window with detailed information. For example, tapping a camera icon displays the current image from the camera, and tapping a message sign icon displays the message that is currently shown by the sign.
The mobile app is compatible with iPhoneŽ, iPodŽ touch, and iPadŽ devices. There is also is an app for Android devices. The announcement was made at the ITSA conference at National Harbor MD.