Town of Tyler, Texas votes to invest in advanced traffic management system
Tyler Texas City Council voted unanimously to purchase an Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) and associated equipment. A total of US $ 1,887,220 will purchase US $ 1,847,220 of new equipment from Paradigm Traffic and US $ 40,000 in contingency funds should other expenses arise during the installation of the software and software. ‘equipment. ATMS includes software, traffic light communications, traffic light controllers, and vehicle detection.
ATMS software includes Centracs 2.0 and Centracs Mobility Software. Centracs 2.0 is a server-based system that will be controlled by municipal staff. Centracs Mobility is cloud-based ATMS software that can be accessed by city staff from any internet connection. The software provides database management of traffic light timing, traffic light system reporting and alerting capabilities, and signal performance metrics. The cost of the system includes installation, training, five years of maintenance and support from Paradigm Traffic.
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For traffic light communications, the city plans to purchase 131 cellular communications devices. 127 devices will be installed throughout the community and four additional devices will remain available if needed. The installation of 127 devices covers all intersections except 23. Fourteen intersections are included in road safety improvement projects and nine downtown intersections are postponed due to future projects that could affect traffic in the downtown. town of Tyler.
Applied Information cellular communication units are 4G-LTE communication devices that allow communication with city traffic light cabinets and controllers. The system allows for future expansion in City of Tyler vehicles and the ability of emergency response vehicles to control traffic lights during emergency response. The cost includes 131 devices, installation, communication connectivity for five years and a five-year warranty.
The city will purchase and install 84 traffic light controllers. Econolite’s Cobalt traffic light controllers will replace old controllers that have reached their lifespan, take action to standardize equipment across the city, and ensure that intersections can communicate with the new software. Additional controllers will be added in the coming years as part of the study of the intelligent transport systems master plan.
Plans also include the replacement of 17 vehicle detection systems with Econolite’s Vision vehicle detection system. The systems are used at intersections to inform traffic light controllers that vehicles are present and need to be served. The cameras will work in conjunction with cellular communication devices, and city staff will have the ability to remotely view operations at intersections.
The project is funded by the Half-Dime Sales Tax Fund and budgeted under the current 10-year Half-Dime Sales Tax program.
ATMS, communication devices, signal controllers and detection systems are expected to be installed and operational by the end of February 2022.