City of Austin Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) & Connected Traveler Application
Through implementing Kimley-Horn’s state-of-the-art advanced traffic management system (ATMS), KITS, and leveraging GPS technology, we are able to address transportation challenges and traffic congestion throughout the City of Austin, Texas.
Kimley-Horn integrated our KITS software to monitor and manage more than 1,100 signalized intersections throughout the City, running NextPhase 2070 software controllers over a variety of fiber, copper, and wireless interconnect. The KITS deployment includes integration of the Kadence adaptive control system for 70 intersections along I-35, a public information web page for status and performance monitoring, CCTV integration, performance monitoring tools, and on-site integration and project management support.
Additionally, this system delivers traffic signal priority using the KITS central priority server. This module provides center-to-center transit priority for authorized emergency vehicles and the CapMetro’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system equipped with a GPS-ALV application. This project marks the first time the City of Austin used GPS technology, rather than road-based sensors, to change signal lights.
Connected Traveler Application
In conjunction with our KITS project and in partnership with the City of Austin, Kimley-Horn developed a connected traveler bicycle detection application. This smartphone app for iOS and Android devices allows cyclists to receive service at a traffic signal through their smartphone’s GPS location and georeference technology. This cost-effective, highly scalable application allows another way for the City to provide service to travelers while leveraging technology.