Transportation Network NTCIP Device Compliance

Comtrol’s DeviceMaster® device servers and RocketLinx™ Industrial Ethernet switches enable interoperability of transportation control system devices compliant with NTCIP standards while providing essential real-time control between traffic management centers and those devices.

In order for a complete traffic control system to effectively operate using different manufacturers’ devices within the same system, the devices must be able to communicate through set communication standards. In 1996, the United States Federal Government deployed the National Transportation Communications for Intelligent Transportation Systems Protocol, (NTCIP) establishing standard protocols necessary to allow traffic control equipment from different manufacturers to operate with each other without complications. The transportation industry enabled traffic control system manufacturers to produce devices, equipment and applications compliant with NTCIP requirements that can “mix and match” with products made by a variety of other manufacturers.

The traffic management center (TMC) of a traffic control system is responsible for managing traffic flow. Traffic control devices such as vehicle detection sensors, ramp/access control meters, radars, PTZ cameras, land control signs and variable message signs, provide vital information to traffic management centers enabling TMC operators to make changes in real-time to better manage the roadways.

Comtrol’s DeviceMaster® serial-to-Ethernet device servers and RocketLinx™ Industrial Ethernet switches enable superior communication between NTCIP-compliant devices within a traffic control system without disrupting network structure or device configuration. A variety of models are available, providing from one- to thirty-two- port configurations.

The DeviceMaster® RTS family of device servers enables browser-based remote port/device monitoring and configuration, and provides an application software platform for local processing. The DeviceMaster® RTS supports RS-232/422/485 serial protocols and native COM, TTY, or TCP/IP socket communications. Comtrol’s PortVision® feature-rich software that is included with DeviceMaster® products allows users to manage the servers and track connected devices in transportation applications. The network-attached solid-state embedded DeviceMaster® RTS delivers exceptional price, performance and reliability.

Comtrol’s RocketLinx™ family of Industrial Ethernet and Power over Ethernet switches are designed to meet the performance and environmental demands for applications requiring extended operating temperatures, rugged housings and high performance and reliability such as: traffic and transportation, power utility, security and surveillance monitoring, industrial automation, and hospitality and peripheral communications. With both managed and unmanaged models available, the RocketLinx™ ES series of switches provide cost-effective networking solutions delivering the industry’s best Ethernet switch technologies.