Satellite Technology Feature Article
ODOT Collaborates with INRIX to Ensure Moving Traffic
By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor
INRIX Inc. will assist the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in ensuring the travel conditions return back to normal in a very short span of time after snowstorms and other weather events. INRIX will utilize big data and provide the relevant information to ODOT, which will make sure that the traffic is not blocked on the state roads.
One of the objectives implemented by ODOT for itself is to ensure that the roads across the state are completely clear and traffic is moving in less than three hours after major storms. ODOT will utilize INRIX traffic information and cloud-based analytics to fulfill this objective.
In a release, Ted Trepanier, senior director, Public Sector, INRIX said, "Restoring travel to normal conditions as quickly as possible not only improves public safety but keeps people and commerce moving across the state. We're providing Ohio with an objective, data-driven approach for assessing the performance of their weather response efforts for every storm, on every route statewide."
ODOT has several critical success factors, which help in evaluating performance at the state and district level, with one of them being the measurement of response time. INRIX traffic speed information along with the data provided by the roadway weather information stations will be used by ODOT to establish the time needed for the roads to be cleared. This information will be used by ODOT to establish the time needed for ensuring unblocked traffic on over 400 main routes across the state.
ODOT will also be able to evaluate travel time reliability on main routes all through the day with the help of INRIX traffic speed data and analytics. The time periods between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. when the traffic is very slow moving will be classified by ODOT with INRIX’s assistance. ODOT will therefore be able to implement operational approaches and identify locations that would gain mainly from highway enhancements.
INRIX traffic speed data is already used by over twenty-five state departments of transportation for ensuring clear travel conditions on at least million miles of highways, interstates and secondary roads in the U.S.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey