ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telvent (Nasdaq:TLVT), the leading real-time IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, announced today that the company has been selected by the Maryland Department of Transportation – State Highway Administration (MD SHA) to implement, operate, host, and maintain a travelers information system accessed through the national abbreviated three-digit dialing code "511." The new travelers information system will cover the entire State of Maryland including the Baltimore metropolitan region, the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. and will include information from the Northern Virginia suburbs. In addition the company will develop a new companion traveler information website.
The new travelers information system has been designed to handle periods of peak volumes that might occur during major traffic or weather events. Due to a unique feature of its Interactive Voice Response (IVR), the new system will allow callers to customize the information they want to receive by setting up their preferences on the "511" website. Then when they dial "511" they will immediately receive the information of interest to them without having to make selections in the voice menu system. Thanks to this increased stream of information and knowledge to travelers the system will help to reduce accidents and congestion while increasing safety and mobility in the area.
Throughout the duration of Telvent's contract, the Company will work closely with major stakeholders such as the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA), the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and MD SHA to create a multi-platform service. The new travelers information system will provide travel information from multiple modes of transportation by phone and on a new website. The 511 system will reside at Telvent's DTN secure hosting facility in Omaha, NE and be monitored and maintained by Telvent Transportation staff in New York, NY and Rockville, MD.
"We are pleased to help MD SHA further its plans to improve mobility on the region by providing travelers with accurate, real-time traffic and road condition information which will allow them to have more control over their travel," stated Ignacio Gonzalez, Telvent Chief Executive Officer.
Telvent has extensive experience working on implementing 511 systems. The company has implemented successfully other large regional and statewide 511 projects in San Diego, San Francisco, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Telvent (Nasdaq:TLVT) is a global IT solutions and business information services provider dedicated to helping improve efficiency, safety and security for the world's leading companies. Telvent serves markets that are critical to the sustainability of the planet, including the energy, transportation, agricultural and environmental sectors. ( www.telvent.com )
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