Nevada Department of Transportation selects ruggedized Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise technology to upgrade Intelligent Transportation System.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is deploying ruggedized Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Ethernet hardware to implement a new data network foundation for its next-generation Intelligent Transport System (ITS). The new network makes it easier to connect and manage the growing mesh of Internet of Things (IoT) devices on the state’s highways, and has been designed to future-proof the data infrastructure and prepare for disruptive technologies being developed in the transportation sector, including weather and road condition sensors, status notification systems, and ultimately connected vehicle communication systems.
Intelligent Transportation Systems are at the forefront of the IoT revolution. The new deployment will support the growth in real-time data sent from various monitoring devices, including IP cameras, weather and road sensors, all connected to traffic operation centers which monitor vehicle congestion and road conditions. This information can then be shared with the public or used for signage and signalling to provide travelers with the latest traffic and safety updates – at the roadside, online and on mobile devices.
To meet the challenge of building a distributed network capable of withstanding Nevada conditions, NDOT is deploying hundreds of hardened, roadside cabinet ready Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6865 switches. These switches are designed to withstand temperatures from -40 to 167°F, variable power conditions, high levels of vibrations, dirt and dust, and meet stringent electromagnetic compatibility and interference requirements.
The network employs Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) protocol that allows IT teams of any size to create a scalable network that can dynamically adjust to topology changes and cut the time it takes to roll out new devices, services and applications – even in a multi-vendor environment.