MINI-COMPUTERS AND TRAFFIC CONTROL

THE FEASIBILITY OF THE APPLICATION OF COMPUTERS TO INDIVIDUAL TRAFFIC CONTROL WAS STUDIED. VARIOUS TRAFFIC CONTROLLER CONFIGURATIONS WERE SIMULATED BY COMPUTER PROGRAM WITH A SMALL MINI-COMPUTER. THE VERSATILITY OF THE VARIABLE LOGIC HARDWARE OF THE COMPUTER WAS DEMONSTRATED IN THE LABORATORY. A SUCCESSFUL FIELD INSTALLATION WAS MADE OF A MINI-COMPUTER TO REPLACE A STANDARD CONTROLLER CONFIGURATION. THE ADVANTAGES OF THE USE OF VARIABLE LOGIC COMPUTER AS A TRAFFIC CONTROLLER INCLUDES THE EASE OF MODIFICATION OF TRAFFIC CONTROL LOGIC AND THE ELIMINATION OF "FIXED" HARDWARE LOGIC CONSTRAINTS IMPOSED BY CURRENTLY USED CONVENTIONAL CONTROLLERS. THE APPLICATION OF MINI-COMPUTERS TO TRAFFIC CONTROL IS FEASIBLE AND VERY DESIRABLE. COST ANALYSIS INDICATES THAT A COMPUTER CONTROLLER WOULD BE COMPARABLE IN COST TO THE CURRENT, MUCH LESS VERSATILE. FIXED LOGIC CONTROLLER SYSTEMS USED IN MANY INSTALLATIONS. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Division of Highways

    Bridge Department
    Sacramento, CA  USA  05914

    Bureau of Public Roads /US

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Kuble, L G
    • Donner, R L
  • Publication Date: 1970-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00224951
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Report/Paper Numbers: C-1-9
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1970 12:00AM