By using innovative tools such as roadside advisory, surveillance, data collection, and traffic control equipment, today’s traffic engineer has the ability to design and implement communication systems which enhance the Active Management of a city’s traffic and transportation concerns by communicating with travelers and providing real-time information to reduce congestion.
ITS takes advantage of technology that has been previously unavailable. Wireless communications and real-time data streaming, technologies that weren't readily available 50 years ago, can be another way for us to better utilize our current infrastructure. Before a driver even gets on a road, they can use a variety of mediums to learn what roads are under construction, where accidents have occurred, and what roadways are congested. This gives the driver the knowledge to not only avoid these problems, but to prevent becoming part of the problem.
With constant monitoring and proactive decision making, the Traffic Management Centers (TMCs) that watch over our transportation systems 24 hours a day can shorten or even eliminate delays before they happen by alerting the proper authorities or even making split-second changes to signal systems.
Very few companies in our area have the experience in the ITS field that ABMB has garnered. Our ITS engineers have been responsible for major design and deployments of ITS across Louisiana and Mississippi. ABMB is working with LADOTD to oversee the procurement of ITS Design-Build contractors to deploy equipment along I-10 from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. ABMB has also performed design to outfit Houma and Shreveport/Bossier City with ITS equipment and implement Traffic Management Centers to monitor the areas. The firm also provided systems analysis and engineering for the New Orleans TMC, and is working directly on Louisiana’s overall ITS architecture planning.
In Mississippi, ABMB designed extremely complicated deployments of fiber and communications on US 90 and US 45, as well as advisory signs and communications equipment throughout Jackson at railroad grade crossings to better alert motorists.