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N.C. joins states fielding live traffic safety apps

The morning commute can be a nightmare when travelers are pressed for time and unable to check traffic or weather reports before they leave home.  North Carolina has taken steps to address their concerns with the introduction of an application that allows users to check real-time conditions of roads and weather from desktops or smartphones.

The Traveler Information Management System (TIMS) provides NCDOT personnel, the public, media, emergency personnel and other state and federal agencies with 24/7 real-time data on incidents and weather conditions that affect traffic and structures on North Carolina roadways.

The app also features a search function, which allows users to zero-in on their region, route and county. TIMS provides live traffic camera coverage with updates on accidents and road conditions to provide commuters the latest possible information before they depart.   

Information from TIMS can be downloaded to an Excel spreadsheet. It is also available via RSS or SOAP feeds.

North Carolina joins a growing number of states providing mobile access to traffic data via 511 services, including Idaho, Virginia and Kentucky.

Idaho’s 511 mobile application provides access to real-time data on routes and highways across the state, including zoomable maps, roadwork and construction locations, traffic speeds, traffic incidents and video images in available areas. 

Virginia’s 511 mobile app lets users view data feeds via a map-based interface from over 800 live traffic cameras.  Virginia’s app makes voice alerts available to users who can program them for traffic events within a 5-mile to 15-mile range. In Virginia, users can also tap a “Reach The Beach” feature for best routes to Virginia Beach during peak summer beach travel.

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Feb 19, 2015 at 12:44 PM


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