First publishedin World Highways
As the world descended on Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, visitors were able to travel around the city with confidence and intelligence thanks to a landmark project by IRF Member, Delcan
On 26 November, 2007, TransLink
, the regional transportation authority for Metro Vancouver, launched the iMove system as a one-stop transportation portal to provide multi-modal, multi-jurisdiction, real-time and static traveller information via the World Wide Web.
The iMove website enables transportation consumers in Metro Vancouver to access information quickly, and from a single source, on a host of transportation issues including transit and cycling routes, construction and event information, current incidents, airline arrivals and departures, border crossing wait times, and ferry sailing times and loadings.
Visitors to the site have access to over 125 webcams to view current road conditions on major regional corridors and at key locations.
The site was created by IRF member, Delcan
Corporation, in association with Information Systems & Management Consultants, CGI.
The iMove system was developed as the first phase of the Regional Advanced Traveller Information (ATIS) strategy of the British Colombia (BC) Provincial Intelligent Transportation Systems' (ITS) Vision and Strategic Plan. The plan was developed by TransLink's subsidiary, the ITS Corporation, with the aim of using advanced technologies to help solve provincial, regional and local transportation issues. TransLink awarded Delcan the contract to design and deploy the ATIS for the Greater Vancouver Region.
The primary objective of iMove is to provide access to accurate, timely and reliable information, so as to empower users to make better transportation choices, including, for example, deferring or cancelling a trip, changing modes or selecting a different route based on current conditions.
The plan is to deliver sufficient information to enable hybrid or multi-modal trip options. The information is available in a wide variety of customisable formats including voice-synthesised information bulletins, short messages and sophisticated map-based displays featuring adequate geographical coverage, personalised access and decision guidance as well as convenient access and speed.
During the development of the operations concept of the regional ATIS, the project team identified the major goal of the initiative as providing users with a one-stop public web portal giving real-time traveller information, based on existing and prospective information resources derived from member agencies and integrated into a unified traveller service.
The design process considered institutional issues, technology, operation and maintenance, and included the definition and outline of the Regional ATIS service. In addition to providing a functional concept, the design offered very cost effective and viable solutions for project execution and immediate system implementation, as well as a feasible integration path for future project phases that will come online as new data sources and dissemination technologies are implemented.
The design is in line with the ITS architecture of Canada, and incorporates the latest Institute of Transportation Engineers
(ITE) and National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol
(NTCIP) standards for data exchange so as to support integration with other ITS centres publishing traveller information.
The web portal architecture was developed in accordance with respective guidelines for presentation of ITS information, developed by ENTERPRISE
, and web accessibility, by the World Wide Web Consortium
The regional ATIS initiative was planned for implementation over three distinct phases:
• Phase 1: Integration of existing information sources, and any other feasible sources that come online during the deployment period, and dissemination via a public web portal;
• Phase 2: Addition of other sources of data as they come online as well as new information sources as generated by latest deployments pursued independently by the member agencies; addition of mode-choice planning tools and support for additional dissemination technologies, such as phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), e-mail and kiosks.
• Phase 3: ATIS initiatives requiring larger capital investments, such as predictive systems and/or systems that require a high-degree of data fusion from multiple sources and agencies.
The current iMove web portal represents the realisation of Phase 1.