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TrafficWatch: Information at their fingertips

We undertook a technology refresh of the TrafficWatch Northern Ireland public website trafficwatchni.com and associated services.

Print screen of the interactive map from the website
Travel information map
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Travel information map This interactive map on the TrafficWatch Northern Ireland website displays up-to-date traffic information for the main arterial routes across Northern Ireland.
Client
Department for Infrastructure
Expertise
Systems developer

Opportunity

The TWNI website is a key source of up-to-the-minute traffic information for the travelling public in Northern Ireland. Information, including planned works and unplanned incidents, CCTV and journey times, is provided on a map-based interface, allowing users to easily zoom into and explore areas of interest.

Solution

Our technical solution consolidated a number of systems, leading to an overall cost saving to the authority in terms of ongoing maintenance costs. The system was tailored to the specific Department for Infrastructure requirements, providing operators with streamlined workflow within the control room. The system provides an easy-to-use, secure user interface to allow Travel Information Control Centre operators to publish real-time information on road conditions around the country. It automatically extracts real-time data from the Department for Infrastructure Urban Traffic Management and Control common database, ensuring that the latest data is available.

Outcome

The public can now register to receive updates via email and SMS, ensuring that they can receive the latest information. The system also includes a Twitter output which allows the Department for Infrastructure to reach a wider target audience of the travelling public, ensuring that they are on-trend with the latest social media developments. Operators can choose which dissemination channels to utilise for each specific event entered in the system. The system also enables information sharing with the Republic of Ireland. It further publishes data in the latest DATEX II formats, allowing automated interchange of data with other organisations.

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