The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has signed a 10-year agreement with Q-Free to continue to provide central traffic management software, intersection control software, and all associated traffic controller hardware services. intersection statewide.
The agreement also provides for a complete upgrade of the current central state traffic light management system to Kinetic signals – a technology update and rebranding of the current ATMS Intelight MaxView from Georgia DOT.
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“Georgia DOT is an innovative agency that continually raises the bar for open, coordinated and connected systems for the benefit of all Georgians,” said Tom Stiles, executive vice president of urban sales for Q-Free. “Since we started working with the agency in 2016, their passion and perseverance has directly influenced the development of our products and to some extent served as the basis for our new kinetic signal system.
Kinetic Signals delivers center-to-center operations through open data sharing, crucial for regional integration of traffic management and coordination during events and emergencies. Q-Free hopes that the development of its Kinetic Mobility integrated traffic management platform will continue, that Georgia DOT will play an important role in the testing of new modules and also help to expand functionality.
“Georgia DOT has been a fantastic partner in driving the technology through its research and deployment,” says Stiles. “We look forward to continuing this relationship for the benefit of residents of the state, but also for out-of-state communities who will benefit from everything we learn with Georgia. “
Open data sharing and communication protocols are top priorities for Q-Free and they were a Georgia DOT requirement in the original and current contract. Q-Free was the first traffic management vendor to openly share its Management Information Bases (MIBs), the often proprietary, computer-language traffic management devices used to communicate with each other. Q-Free is also a founding member of the #FREEtheMIBs campaign, a coalition of transport leaders from the private, public and academic sectors whose goal is to reverse the common practice of locking agencies into costly long-term contracts due to incompatibility of products.