New Zealand Transport Agency

Smarter traffic management through improved, centralized control and communications

Published on 03 Aug 2010

Validated on 13 Dec 2013

"The three-year partnership between IBM and NZTA has enabled us to realize significant benefits, including key traffic management tools for the state highway network. " - Murray Russell, customer information services manager, NZTA

Customer:
New Zealand Transport Agency

Industry:
Government, Travel & Transportation

Deployment country:
New Zealand

Solution:
Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smarter Government, Smarter Traffic, Smarter Transportation

Overview

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) works to help New Zealanders travel reliably and safely and to grow the country’s economy by investing in the movement of people and freight. The organization plans and delivers national transport networks and supports local networks; works to make public transport and freight networks more effective; and helps improve road safety.

Business need:
More than 100 Variable Message Signs (VMS) are operating on New Zealand’s state highway network, providing road users with real-time traffic messages at strategic locations. VMS are built to NZTA defined standards and are procured from different manufacturers around the world. The lack of a central controlling application for the VMS led to issues of cost, control and compatibility. NZTA needed a single system to monitor and control VMS nationwide.

Solution:
IBM developed a Monitoring and Control Application (MACA), which is used to post messages on the VMS and to monitor their status. The WebSphere® software–based system can control VMS from any manu­facturer. MACA forms part of a system that uses video cameras and mobile devices to gather, analyze and share information across trans­portation systems.

Benefits:
Information is shared across all VMS, regardless of vendor, providing road users with a valuable source of real-time travel information. • VMS also provide advance warning of issues that will affect travel, such as road closures, traffic incidents and severe weather.

Case Study

New Zealand Transport Agency
Wellington, New Zealand
Government, Travel & Transportation
www.nzta.govt.nz

Solution Components
• IBM WebSphere®
• IBM Global Business Services
• IBM Application Management Services

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) works to help New Zealanders travel reliably and safely and to grow the country’s economy by investing in the movement of people and freight. The organization plans and delivers national transport networks and supports local networks; works to make public transport and freight networks more effective; and helps improve road safety.

The Need
More than 100 Variable Message Signs (VMS) are operating on New Zealand’s state highway network, providing road users with real-time
traffic messages at strategic locations. VMS are built to NZTA defined standards and are procured from different manufacturers around the
world. The lack of a central controlling application for the VMS led to issues of cost, control and compatibility. NZTA needed a single system
to monitor and control VMS nationwide.

The Solution
IBM developed a Monitoring and Control Application (MACA), which is used to post messages on the VMS and to monitor their status. The
WebSphere® software–based system can control VMS from any manufacturer. MACA forms part of a system that uses video cameras and
mobile devices to gather, analyze and share information across transportation systems. MACA allows for a consistent message structure,
style and syntax to be maintained with flexibility for unusual situations, while supporting local, regional and multiple region views.

What Makes It Smarter
• Information is shared across all VMS, regardless of vendor, providing road users with a valuable source of real-time travel information.
• VMS also provide advance warning of issues that will affect travel, such as road closures, traffic incidents and severe weather.

“The three-year partnership between IBM and NZTA has enabled us to realize significant benefits, including key traffic management tools for the state highway network.”— Murray Russell, customer information services manager, NZTA

For more information
Please contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at:

ibm.com/government

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ

Service:
IBM Global Business Services

Legal Information

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