HNTB opens new ITS integration facility

January 18, 2006

HNTB has recently expanded its national Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) operations with a new systems integration facility in Tampa, Fla.

HNTB’s ITS staff in Tampa can now provide independent, third-party technical services. HNTB provides these unique and specialized services in-house by its own highly trained technical experts, who can be onsite at a client’s location within 48 hours.

The facility was opened in preparation for the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Tampa Bay SunGuide Phase I systems integration, as just one of the services HNTB’s Tampa ITS staff is performing under its FDOT system manager contract.

HNTB was awarded the system manager contract in 2001, which includes the development of the Tampa Bay SunGuide Center, a regional traffic management center combined with a regional state law enforcement dispatching center and the district's emergency operations center; the deployment of almost 30 miles of coverage of a freeway incident management system; and includes a year of operations--once the center is opened.

Tampa’s new SunGuide system consists of more than 260 freeway device locations and nearly 1,000 individual devices and communications equipment. The FDOT Tampa Bay SunGuide Freeway Management Center is scheduled to be open and fully functional by late 2006.

HNTB’s new facility includes more than 7,900 sq ft of air-conditioned, mixed-use space with offices and meeting rooms, a laboratory room and an open warehouse area used to build out ITS device cabinets. The HNTB Tampa ITS staff uses the facility to configure, test and integrate ITS and other technologically advanced systems and software.

The facility is equipped with more than $60,000 of advanced test equipment such as Gigabit Ethernet test equipment, NTCIP testers, spectrum analyzers, fiber optic test equipment and other miscellaneous hand tools and handheld test sets.