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Transportation Operations Center System (TOCS)
Project Description
Currently, the TOCs systems are operationally separate from each other.  The TOCs need a statewide system that will integrate all of the individual field devices, software programs and systems. Integration of these systems will support closer operational ties and provide enhanced communication and will support immediate dissemination of information to our customers and partners both public and private. The objective of the Transportation Operations Center System (TOCS) project is to implement a system that will fill this need.
When this project is complete the State of Oregon will have implemented a highly integrated system that will serve the transportation community throughout the State. This system will address information collection, analysis, dissemination and archival needs in the transportation areas of operations, traffic, incident and emergency management. Specific examples of this information include traffic surveillance, road/weather condition monitoring, incident detection and reporting, signal control, and emergency call-taking, data collection, dispatch and response management. Many of the services provided by the new system will support state-of-the-art ITS technologies such as automated incident detection, traffic management and data collection.
The magnitude of implementing such an all-encompassing system requires careful analysis and preparation before developing such a system. With accurate, timely information at an all-time premium, the success of implementing a statewide system of this kind will require significant communication and participation. This project will have to manage both technical and institutional barriers and issues in the Information Technology world. Knowledge of existing systems in place in Oregon, the United States, and internationally as well as initiatives underway have helped shape the approach ODOT will take to implementing the TOCS.