Houston tunnel getting incident detection system

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Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation to execute and deliver an integrated Incident Detection System for the Washburn Tunnel in Houston. The project encompasses the installation, commissioning, training and maintenance required to support 14 fixed roadway cameras for bidirectional traffic in the vehicular tunnel and up to six infrared detection cameras in the ventilation tunnel.

“We look forward to working with Kapsch TrafficCom on the first tunnel IDS installation in the state of Texas and providing our drivers with an even safer and reliable passage under the Houston Ship Channel,” said Craig Spivey, Special Projects Technician, Harris County Engineering.

Launched in March, the Kapsch IDS 2.0 is designed to deliver a noninvasive turnkey solution for zoneless event detection for vehicle traffic and intrusion detection in ventilation tunnels, enabling Washburn tunnel operators to provide 24/7 surveillance while minimizing operational expenses otherwise necessary to continuously monitor traffic.

“Incident detection in tunnels and on the open road is critical to maintaining traffic flow and keeping drivers safe,” said Chris Murray, president and chief executive officer of Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS. “This award is significant for Kapsch as it enables us to gain entry to the IDS market in the U.S. and deliver the same high-performing IDS solutions found in 37 references worldwide. We look forward to working with TxDOT on this important project while continuing to expand our strong customer base in Texas.”