The technology transfer process for NIATT's Controller Interface Device II will take place during the summer of 2001, with the first commercial version likely to be available in early fall. Comments received from the beta test for the CID II as well as an assessment by the project team on the desired path for continued development of this technology have identified the need for a new generation device.
Two paths are followed to develop the future upgrades to the controller interface device. The first is the addition of an RS-485 interface for connecting the CID II to SDLC equipped traffic controllers. The second is to develop a third generation CID capable of 128 inputs and 128 outputs via the traffic controller cables as well as SDLC connection. This will involve several changes to the basic CID layout. Consideration will also be given to the Advanced Transportation Controller and the communications possible with this new controller type. Consideration will also be given to the kind of software tools that need to be developed. Software specifications and prototype development will be conducted.