Cornet Technology Awarded Contract to Implement Video-Based Intelligent Transportation System

Springfield, Va. - Video Convergence, the video surveillance products and integration services division of Cornet Technology, Inc. (CTI), announced it has won a contract, valued at more than $1 million, to install an intelligent transportation system (ITS) along I-40 in Asheville, North Carolina. As part of the Asheville-based Taylor & Murphy Construction Co., Inc. team, Video Convergence will be responsible for the purchase, integration and support of all video and networking hardware and software for the ITS.

Intended to improve the flow of traffic in the area, the ITS is part of a road widening project that will cover an expanse of I-40 east of Asheville including the connectors to I-240 and I-26. The system design incorporates closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, microwave vehicle detectors (MVD), and overhead dynamic message signs (DMS). The communications network will consist of wireless radio communication for managing the CCTV cameras and microwave vehicle detectors, and land lines for controlling the dynamic message signs. Together, these pieces will create a comprehensive system to monitor and manage traffic flow, convey information to drivers about road conditions and traffic alerts, and provide an increased level of security along the highway.

Chris Britton, Design-Build Manager, Taylor & Murphy Construction, said, “We knew the ITS portion of our project would be very technical, therefore we wanted a turnkey ITS subcontractor that had the resources, the expertise and the experience to fulfill these requirements. Video Convergence is well suited for this project, so we invited them to be an exclusive team member.”

As the prime contractor on this project, Taylor & Murphy Construction will be responsible for overseeing the entire project including the design for both the ITS and the road widening. The company will also facilitate the construction to widen the road.

“We are pleased to be working with Taylor & Murphy Construction, a leading provider of construction services, to create an enhanced highway environment for the city of Asheville,” said William Ippolito, Director of ITS Operations, Video Convergence division, Cornet Technology, Inc. “With the implementation of an ITS and a wider roadway, travelers will see increased traffic flow in what were once heavily congested areas, relieving the daily frustrations associated with their commute.”

Taylor & Murphy Construction (www.taylorandmurphy.com) is a general contracting firm specializing in site preparation, heavy highway and bridge construction, civil structural aspects of industrial construction, retaining wall construction, and railroad construction.

Cornet Technology, Inc. (CTI) is a manufacturing and professional services company consisting of four divisions: Video Convergence provides video products and comprehensive integration services to the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market; Cornet Technology Communications designs and manufactures data, voice and video network switching products for federal and commercial markets; Anami Communications provides information technology consulting and services to federal, state and local governments, and corporations worldwide; and Optim Systems develops and integrates multimedia conferencing solutions for government and commercial organizations. Founded in 1989, CTI is headquartered near Washington, D.C., and is online at www.cornet.com.

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