Traffic Count Database System

MS2’s Traffic Count Database System (TCDS) is a powerful cloud-based software solution that allows traffic engineers to map, manage and analyze vehicle traffic count data.  Agencies can now instantaneously share data internally and with the public.  Pre-designed reports and graphs allow users to export and visualize data quickly. The TCDS maps WIM, short count and permanent count stations on an interactive Google map.  Short count and permanent count datasets accepted through this solution include: Volume, Speed, Class, WIM and Gap.

The TCDS imports data from equipment manufacturers such as: Diamond, HiStar, JAMAR, Miovision, Peek, WaveTronix and more.  The system is designed to assist state DOTs with monthly FHWA TMAS reporting as well as year-end HPMS submittals.


Compatible With Most Traffic Counter Software

Traffic count data — including data from Peek 241, ADR, JAMAR, ITC, Nu-Metric, TimeMark, Diamond, HiStar, Wavetronix, and ECM — can be directly transferred to the TCDS for reviewing, validating, editing, and processing. The flexibility of the TCDS allows for customizations to accept data from virtually any make of equipment or software.

Rigorous QA/QC Functions

Detect missing data, compare current counts to historic counts and AADTs, and reject duplicate counts.

Quickly Find Traffic Counts and Locations

Selectively retrieve traffic count data with your specific criteria or by clicking on a location within the GIS map.

Import Your Data

All historic files from any traffic counter can be batch-imported directly to TCDS automatically without manual key-punching.

Low Cost

Pure economy of scale makes this cloud-based solution cost effective. We simultaneously provide many different road agencies with IT expertise at a fraction of the cost that would be required for any one of them to provide similar database services in-house. Software and hardware costs add up, as do the cost for incremental system improvements, full upgrade, and 24/7 administration. With MS2, you can share and thereby reduce these and related costs rather than bearing them alone.


Custom Form and Reports

Manage Volume, Speed, Classification, WIM, Gap and AADT data. Create your own custom reports to manage and analyze traffic count and location data. Produce FHWA reports to generate 3-Card, S-Card, C-Card, and W-Card submittals.

TCDS Extensions

MS2 offers the following three extensions to enhance the TCDS:

    AutoPolling Extension

      MS2’s AutoPolling extension allows the Transportation Data Management System (TDMS) to automatically connect to field devices, download data, and import data. This means less time spent running and monitoring complex vendor-specific software for each device.

      Depending on the device’s capabilities, the AutoPolling extension supports two modes of operation:

        Continuous Connect
        The continuous connect option is appropriate for devices without onboard storage and has the added benefit of supporting real-time traffic analytics.
        Daily Download
        The daily download option is preferred for devices that provide storage options since connectivity interruptions can be handled without data loss.

      The AutoPolling extension can be customized to support virtually any device. Depending upon the device’s capabilities the AutoPolling extension can import any count data supported by the software including: volume, class, speed, and turning movement count.

      Devices must support TCP/IP communication on the Internet or on the agency’s private network.

        ESRI Roads & Highways Extension

          Many agencies are looking to ESRI Roads and Highways (R & H) to manage their networks.  R & H provides tools to track network changes over time and can provide an agency with a central place to store GIS data.

          MS2 has worked with ESRI to design an extension to synchronize GIS and traffic data allowing both TDMS and R & H to focus on what they do best.

          There are two distinct components to the synchronization:

            Traffic Stations
            TDMS is used to maintain station list along with detailed traffic data associated with each traffic station.  When a user creates a new station in TDMS with the R & H Extension, TDMS automatically queries R & H to get meta-data associated with the station such as: county, community, functional class, number of lanes, speed limit, etc.  As that metadata changes over time, TDMS can automatically synchronize with R & H so TDMS traffic stations always have the latest metadata.

          TDMS also maintains a list of traffic stations inside R & H that can be used via R & H for any purpose.

            Traffic Segmentation
            State DOTs are responsible for reporting HPMS and Vehicle Miles Traveled statistics.  This process requires mapping traffic station data to road segments.  The R & H extension makes managing this process easier because man network changes, like minor cartographic changes or recalibrations, can be handled without  requiring a user to review for impact to traffic data.  This allows analysts to focus on reviewing only important changes to the network.

          TDMS also pushes a copy of the association between road segments and traffic stations to R & H that can be used via R & H for any purpose.

            Count Scheduler Extension

              With thousands of counts to perform annually, this tool helps an agency manage the workflow.  The status of the counts and the teams can be reviewed at a high level view through the dashboard.  The system’s flexibility allows the agency to organize the counts based on their business rules.  An interactive calendar shows the counts assigned to each team member.  A map tool allows the staff to review the highly aggregated information for the count from the due dates to the equipment necessary to perform the count.