January 29, 2008

Inrix Plans I-95/East Coast Project

Big news on Inrix today for those weary drivers who drive I-95 and a core part of the east coast on a regular basis. The WSJ is reporting that the I-95 Coalition will announce today that they are working with Inrix to provide traffic data along the east coast including 2,500-mile continuous stretch of I-95 from New Jersey to North Carolina. The move lends some credibility to the Inrix model that relies not only on road sensors but on anonymous GPS probe vehicles (think GPS equipped trucks, and fleet vehicles) to assess traffic speed.

This particular deal will have the Departments of Transportation receiving Inrix data, and displaying the information about incidents and more importantly traffic flow on their own internet sites, and road signage. The coalition will also be getting historical speed data too, which may help them plan differently giving related firms the intelligence to send out trucks when traffic is expected to be better, relieving congestion for the rest of us.

Inrix data will be collected and can be sent to you through the Clear Channel network to numerous GPS units using the TMC network, or the TomTom PLUS system using mobile phones as a data feed. Inrix data can also be had on TeleNav phone services.

The WSJ also reports that traffic jams cost Americans $78 billion in lost time and wasted gasoline. Think about that; it’s half of the proposed amount for those economy boosting checks that we hope will start showing up from the government this spring.

The article appears on page D5 today of the WSJ. Thanks Jim for sending this in.

Press Release Follows...

INRIX® has been awarded a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract by the I-95 Corridor Coalition to provide travel time and speed data on a network of U.S. highways and arterials – across borders and beyond state boundaries – that contribute to interstate movement along the I-95 Corridor. The initial system will span from New Jersey to North Carolina covering approximately 1500 center line miles of freeways and 1000 center line miles of major arterials and is projected to be operational in mid-2008. Ultimately the system may expand throughout the entire eastern seaboard.

INRIX was awarded the contract as a result of a competitive solicitation process conducted by the University of Maryland on behalf of the I-95 Corridor Coalition and its member agencies. The solicitation process began officially in early 2007 with release of a Request for Proposals and concluded in December with a sole contract award to INRIX. The I-95 Corridor Coalition region handles 565 million long distance trips, 5.3 billion tons of freight, represents $3.95 trillion of the Gross Domestic Product and is equivalent to the third largest economy in the world.[1]

The real-time traffic data to be provided will be available to the I-95 Corridor Coalition and its members in mid-2008 and is targeted to support various applications including travel time on signs, 511 systems, incident management systems, Internet-based traveler information services, congestion performance measures, and other planning and operations applications. The INRIX Smart Dust Network and INRIX Traffic Fusion Engine provide a unique platform to deliver the project by aggregating and blending traffic data from a variety of sources including over 750,000 GPS-enabled vehicles and traditional road sensors. This highly accurate method allows for the delivery of best-available traffic information and is an extremely scalable and cost-effective program that provides the Coalition with many of the highly desired and preferred elements sought in the RFP. Specifically, the INRIX method of collecting and delivering this real-time traffic data presents the opportunity to grow coverage into state highways and arterials to other regions within the Coalition without the need for the deployment of expensive new road-side equipment.

“The member agencies of our 16-state Coalition identified multi-state availability of real-time traffic data as a key element of achieving our goal to improve transportation services through information sharing and coordinated management and operations,” said George Schoener, Executive Director, I-95 Corridor Coalition. “We selected INRIX as they had the ability to specifically deliver the coverage and quality of the traffic information we require for this significant initiative. INRIX real-time traffic data will support the development of seamless networks of corridor-wide traveler information systems and support the coordination and implementation of interagency efforts in response to major incidents and special events.”

The project, and INRIX’s approach, is ground-breaking in a variety of ways. The I-95 Corridor Coalition initiative is the largest implementation of real-time traffic flow data sharing across a multi-state region and the first multi-state project leveraging GPS vehicle probes and traditional road sensor information. With the Indefinite Deliver, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract initially slated for a period of three years (with the opportunity to extend the contract length up to ten years), it is designed to accommodate additional task orders to expand coverage, integrate data into existing systems or create applications to use data as the Coalition and/or a specific agency member desires.

With well over 12,000 center line miles of freeways in the 16-state region spanning from Maine to Florida , this contract could evolve into the largest network of its kind, by far. INRIX has offered several additional data enhancement options for the Coalition and/or its agency members to consider if additional source data is desired to improve or expand coverage. PBS&J, a nationally recognized architecture-engineering-construction services and program management consulting firm, under subcontract to INRIX, is leading a multi-disciplinary team that will assist the Coalition and its members in an on-call basis for data integration, application development and data analysis tasks.

Another distinctive element of the project is that pricing for expansion of coverage, enhanced data options and consulting resources have been established in the base contract, greatly simplifying task order creation.

“The award of this contract by the I-95 Corridor Coalition is a significant milestone for public-private partnerships of real-time traffic information,” said INRIX president and CEO Bryan Mistele. “We applaud the Coalition and its member agencies for the foresight to establish such a bold corridor-wide project and we look forward to our collaboration.”

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 29, 2008 7:48 AM

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