Diversified Paves Way for Mission Critical Traffic Management Improvements, wins ‘Best Mission Critical Project’ from Commercial Integrator
Building off relationship with the Washington Department of Transportation, Diversified helps monitor road safety, reduces bumps in road at control center.
As integrators and others make the daily commute each day on roadways across America, they likely don’t often ponder how much planning is needed to keep those roads operational. Diversified recently helped Washington state maintain its road safety by outfitting a critical new facility.
The Washington Department of Transportation’s Shoreline Traffic Management Center (TMC) is one of six regional operation centers used to keep Washington’s roads safe and efficient. But when the TMC outgrew its building — as well as the size of its roadway monitoring system — the staff realized it was time not just for a physical upgrade, but a technological one, too.
Enter Diversified, which had previously worked with the Washington Department of Transportation. The company installed a 3×4 video wall and 90 individual displays that give employees a way to view current conditions of freeways, tunnels and bridges, and collaborate on incident response.
Road Safety Monitoring Across the Map
Devices familiar to any driver, such as roadside cameras, ramp meters, variable message signs, speed and lane control signs, and more are all monitored from inside the TMC, bestowing an added level of importance upon the facility.
Several control functions were of prime importance, including signage showing the variable toll rates. As a roadway becomes congested, the express toll lane’s price fluctuates, and employees instantly update the signage to reflect the price.
Other monitoring operations include the pavement and pedestrian walkways inside tunnels, which are monitored all day, every day. When employees see issues like truck load spills or pooling water, radio operators dispatch field workers to cleanup spills or unclog drains.