INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has provided Hoosier motorists with yet another tool to plan their travels and "Know Before You Go." In partnership with the Indiana Broadcasters' Association, INDOT has made live video footage available to TV stations from more than 150 TrafficWise cameras stationed along interstates in Northwest and Central Indiana.
Four Indianapolis TV news stations have already invested in technology that allows producers to select and broadcast individual camera feeds during its news, weather and traffic reports. Previously only snapshots were available on partner Web sites and INDOT's TrafficWise Web site. Only INDOT staff has the ability to pan or zoom the cameras in response to traffic incidents, and INDOT does not record the footage.
"Road work, crashes and inclement weather can cause traffic to back up quickly, so INDOT's TrafficWise camera network offers timely and accurate traveler information to the motoring public," said Jay Wasson, Director of INDOT's Traffic Management Centers. "Increasing the reach of INDOT's technology investments by partnering with local TV media helps enhance the safety and mobility of Indiana's most heavily traveled highways."
INDOT TrafficWise is an ongoing effort to improve the efficiency and safety of our state highways using Intelligent Transportation Systems. Deployment of advanced technology helps reroute traffic to cut down on delays and its effects, including secondary crashes and pollution. This also helps optimize use of the existing road network, reducing the long-term need for costly and disruptive road expansion projects. Examples of INDOT's TrafficWise expanding suite of services include:
· INDOT's TrafficWise Web site, TrafficWise.IN.gov, and Hotline, 800-261-ROAD (7623), providing reports of crashes, construction, maintenance and weather conditions
· Hoosier Helpers freeway service patrols keeping interstates flowing in Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana near Chicago and Southern Indiana near Louisville
· Traffic camera imagery, traffic flow sensor data and crash reports shared with local media
· Travel time signs estimating the duration of drive time to reach destinations downstream
· Dynamic message signs that light up when needed to notify motorists of crashes, Amber Alerts or other urgent traveler information in the state's larger metropolitan areas
· Highway Advisory Radio stations around the state broadcasting travel information over low-power AM frequencies
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