As part of pervious UTC projects, NIATT has developed a traffic controller laboratory with a world class combination of software and hardware (TC-LABII). The lab has remote access capabilities providing educators throughout the nation with a unique opportunity to integrate real-time traffic controller operations in traffic engineering education. The remote access capabilities also provide researchers, vendors, consultants, and transportation professionals in federal, state, and local agencies with tools that allow them to test advanced traffic signal control systems in laboratory environment. The lab provides both educators and practitioners with a unique opportunity to test software-based traffic control systems such as closed loop and centralized control systems.
There is a need to develop application guide that leverages the remote hardware-in-the-loop simulation (RAHILS) concept and the unique opportunities it provides. In this project we will develop a set of case studies based on field problems that focus on testing software-based traffic control systems. The case studies will serve as an application guide for the lab users. The development of such materials will improve the lab utilization and the quality of service of the lab and its users.