INRIX®, a leading provider of traffic and navigation services in North America, today announced that the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is now accessing and utilizing INRIX’s real-time traffic speed and travel time services for 1,200 centerline miles of South Carolina’s major roadways, including the entire Interstate network and key routes to and near the Myrtle Beach and Beaufort areas. SCDOT has contracted with INRIX via the I-95 Corridor Coalition’s Vehicle Probe Project, becoming the third state, along with New Jersey and North Carolina, to establish “statewide” coverage through the project. This now allows agencies in seven contiguous states to see the same information on traffic conditions allowing them to better monitor and manage their systems, individually and collectively.
For nearly a year, INRIX has been supplying data to SCDOT for the Columbia area to support traffic management and operations. In addition to supporting statewide traffic and incident management, SCDOT also plans to incorporate INRIX data into the upcoming upgrades to its travel information services, including the state’s 511 telephone service scheduled to launch in 2010.
“The past year has given us the opportunity to kick the tires on INRIX’s ability to accurately monitor traffic conditions,” said Tony Sheppard, SCDOT’s State Traffic Operations Engineer. “The demonstrated quality of data, its cost-effectiveness, and the ability to join the multi-state project with the I-95 Corridor Coalition so we can more effectively monitor and manage traffic across state lines, made expanding INRIX data statewide the ideal solution.”
INRIX provides SCDOT and other public and private sector customers with instant access to the most comprehensive and reliable traffic information available. INRIX crowdsources real-time traffic information from the INRIX Smart Driver Network, over 1.3 million commercial and consumer vehicles and mobile devices, including anonymous “GPS probe” data from the recently launched and highly successful INRIX TRAFFIC! iPhone application. Combining billions of data points with road sensor information from Departments of Transportation across the country allows INRIX to provide the most accurate and timely picture of traffic conditions nationwide.
“SCDOT is a leader in statewide traffic operations,” said Rick Schuman, INRIX’s vice president, public sector. “We are proud to supply traffic information that will help improve system management, incident response and provide better information and condition to travelers in South Carolina.”
About I-95 Corridor Coalition
The I-95 Corridor Coalition is an alliance of transportation agencies, toll authorities, and related organizations, including public safety, from the State of Maine to the State of Florida, with affiliate members in Canada. The Coalition provides a forum for key decision and policy makers to address transportation management and operations issues of common interest. This volunteer, consensus-driven organization enables its myriad state, local and regional member agencies to work together to improve transportation system performance far more than they could working individually. The Coalition has successfully served as a model for multi-state/jurisdictional interagency cooperation and coordination for over a decade.