(ROSSLYN, Va.)—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the member companies for transportation management products will present the NTCIP Interoperability Showcase at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in Orlando, Florida, October 17–19, 2011.
The NTCIP Interoperability Showcase is a full-scale demonstration to display the interoperability of commercially available NTCIP-compliant products. NTCIP standards define the communications protocols used for the remote command and control of surface highway transportation devices, typically between central control software applications at traffic management centers, and various field device types, such as traffic signal controllers, dynamic message signs, roadway weather information systems, and others.
NTCIP device interoperability will be demonstrated using a private wireless network for connectivity. Unlike other interoperability demonstrations, or “plug-fests,” this demonstration will be “distributed” across the entire Orlando Convention Center, and each of the 13 NEMA-member manufacturers of NTCIP products will have its own products in individual trade show booths. Connectivity will be demonstrated to the World Congress attendees, and participants will be able to select and change the functions of remote devices that are across the aisle or across the room.
NTCIP is the predominant family of communications protocols used for interoperable management of surface transportation devices in the U.S., and is being specified worldwide because of its flexible design, open development, and extensibility for unique features and functions.
The purpose of the NTCIP Interoperability Showcase during the World Congress on ITS is to demonstrate an environment with different central systems controlling the same or different field devices. NTCIP interoperability has been demonstrated previously, but this showcase is on a larger scale, will use “pick and choose” pairing of controlling software and devices, and uses a flexible “distributed” network approach for this trade show venue.
NEMA manufacturers are planning to reach the additional international audience expected at the World Congress. The public is invited to browse the conference website (www.itsa.org/events/majorconferences/18th-worldcongress) and visit the World Congress for informative technical sessions, transportation product demonstrations, and networking opportunities.
The NTCIP is a joint standardization project of AASHTO (Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and NEMA, with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (RITA ITS JPO).
For more information visit www.ntcip.org.
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.
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