Timmons Group Integrates Mobile Technology and Transportation Asset Management Services to Enhance Data Collection and Improve Energy Efficiency

Richmond, VA —December 07, 2009 — Timmons Group, a leader in enterprise geospatial products and services, has developed a state-of-the-art mobile application using ESRI ArcGIS Mobile technology to facilitate GPS collection and analysis of traffic signal data. Timmons Group’s traffic engineers, as part of an existing contract, are inspecting and inventorying traffic signal heads at 220 signalized intersections for the City of Richmond, Virginia. Inventory and analysis tasks will be followed by development of a cost analysis and implementation plan for replacing incandescent signal bulbs with more energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting. The LED lights require approximately 90% less energy to operate than comparable incandescent light bulbs. Incandescent signal lights have less than a 1-year life expectancy compared to a 5-to-10-year life expectancy for a new LED signal light. This translates into fewer maintenance calls to replace bulbs and reduces the exposure of maintenance staff and the traveling public to work zones and lane closures.

Timmons Group’s enterprise geospatial technology group used the City of Richmond’s existing GIS asset database (previously developed by Timmons Group under a separate asset management contract) and built an easy-to-use interface to accommodate attribution of additional signals and support data capture/inspection workflows. The application was deployed to tablet PC’s for engineers or technicians to use in the field. The end result is user-friendly tool that enables field inspectors to capture and geo-locate observed data directly into the GIS database at the inspection point. Upon returning to the office, users simply connect the tablet PC to the internet via Bluetooth, wireless or wired internet connection, and data are synchronized directly with the enterprise ArcGIS Server geodatabase. No post-processing, export of shapefiles or manual handling of data is needed with this ArcGIS Mobile powered application.

“The mobile application allowed our staff to collect and analyze signal data more efficiently than conventional methods and was instrumental in meeting the client’s accelerated schedule,” says Danny Lamie, Senior Project Manager for Timmons Group’s transportation division.

Timmons Group’s traffic engineers will use the updated data to prepare a cost/benefit analysis for the replacement of bulbs, signal maintenance materials and labor expenditures. In addition, a strategic implementation plan for identifying and scheduling the City’s signal maintenance and conversion projects will be developed.

“The creation of this mobile application is the result of close collaboration among three of our business units [application development, asset management, and traffic engineering] and is illustrative of our firm’s diverse yet tightly integrated capabilities,” says Chris Gerecke, Director of Enterprise Solutions for Timmons Group. “We are able to employ our internal technologies and capabilities to provide our clients with the most efficient and highest quality services to meet their planning and business needs.”

About Timmons Group

Timmons Group is a leading provider of geospatial, information architecture and engineering services focusing on ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Mobile and Enterprise solutions. Timmons Group develops solutions across multiple platforms including Adobe Flex/Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and JavaScript. Timmons Group is a privately held ENR 500 company and maintains a strong business partner relationship with ESRI. Timmons Group has been a recipient of both the ESRI Business Partner of the Year award and the ESRI Foundation Partner of the Year award.

For more information about Timmons Group’s enterprise geospatial products and services, contact Chris Gerecke at Email Contact or visit http://gis.timmons.com


Tim Asimos, CPSM
Corporate Marketing Manager
Timmons Group
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