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In November 2001, the combined Florida and Michigan Departments of Transportation (DOT) Transportation Management Center (TMC) Software Study recommended development of FDOT’s SunGuide® software. SunGuide software enables Florida TMCs to integrate numerous hardware, software, and network applications as well as exchange data with other TMCs. Because SunGuide standardizes common TMC functions, it helps the various FDOT District facilities become more interoperable so their systems operate better together. SunGuide software initially, and continually, leverages Texas DOT's original software investment, reducing Florida's costs.
SunGuide software is based on an open architecture and enables users to manage multiple subsystems. For example, operators can use the software to perform incident management tasks, obtain data from vehicle detection systems, display videos from roadside cameras, and alert motorists with messages on dynamic message signs and highway advisory radio, or by using the Florida 511 (FL511) advanced traveler information system.
SunGuide Software supports various devices, including:
Florida has 13 TMCs using the software, including FDOT Districts, toll authorities, and local agencies.
FDOT applied systems engineering throughout the SunGuide software development life cycle. Following the Vee diagram outlined in the Florida System Engineering Management Plan, each software release has gone through rigorous phases from Conception, Requirement Analysis, Design, Implementation, to Integration and Testing, System Acceptance, Operation, and Maintenance.
A SunGuide Software User's Group was established to oversee and manage ITS deployments in Florida, with specific emphasis on implementing needed changes in a deliberate, controlled manner that takes into account the impact on regional and statewide systems. To see the meeting minutes from the SSUG meetings, please visit the SSUG page
For additional information, please contact Christine Shafik at Christine.Shafik@dot.state.fl.us or visit the project website http://www.SunGuideSoftware.com.
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