Colorado Department of Transportation Improves Highway Safety and Traffic
Flow with Network Upgrade Powered by Ciena
Fiber optic network enhancements increase CDOT network resiliency and capacity
to provide travelers and transportation personnel with real-time roadway data
HANOVER, Md. -- April 8, 2014
Ciena^® Corporation (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that
the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is deploying Ciena’s
converged packet optical and packet networking solutions to improve
resiliency, capacity and manageability of its private fiber optic network that
spans nearly 560 highway miles across the state. This upgrade, being completed
through Colorado’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program, will
support an increased amount of intelligent communication devices that allow
travelers and transportation agencies to be better informed about roadway
conditions. For example, data generated by CDOT’s ITS can provide
transportation operations centers with detailed, real-time data on traffic
volume, speeds, transit schedule status, evolving weather conditions, and
other roadway conditions. CDOT’s transportation agencies can also use the
information collected to understand traffic patterns, and then use this data
to predict and alleviate traffic issues moving forward.
*The ITS in Colorado is a statewide network backbone that is managed by the
Colorado Department of Transportation. The network helps the state to
improve transportation safety and increase societal productivity by adding
advanced communications technology into the transportation infrastructure.
*According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers across the
U.S. spent an average of 42 hours, more than a week of full-time work,
stuck in traffic in 2012. This average was even higher for the Denver
region in 2011 according to the Urban Area Report, where commuters spent
an average of 45 hours stuck in traffic.
*The network upgrade enables CDOT to connect more hardened and weatherproof
devices – up to 20 devices per fiber with complete diversity and
resiliency, and without any shared or constrained bandwidth. The devices
will be linked by an underground network of fiber optic cables to provide
up-to-date roadway conditions to travelers and transportation agencies.
When the deployment is complete, the ITS will support approximately 1,500
devices, which include traffic cameras, traffic message signs, speed
sensors and weather monitoring devices. Adding more connected devices will
enable CDOT to better manage the transportation system, thereby reducing
congestion and crashes.
*Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform will allow CDOT to support the wide
range of devices that sense and optimize vehicular traffic flows, monitor
weather and road conditions, and warn operators of impending delays or
dangers. Ciena’s 5100 and 3900 families of switches, part of its Packet
Networking portfolio, will provide CDOT with a scalable and highly
resilient network that can quickly add new intelligent devices to the
*CDOT will also be able to better manage, monitor and control ITS network
performance using Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System, which
provides complete visibility and control of the network that connects
theroadside sensors and displays. An excellent example of Ciena’s OP^n
network architecture, this network enhancement provides CDOT with a more
scalable, intelligent and programmable communication platform.
*CDOT is also using a range of professional services via Ciena’s Specialist
*“Colorado residents and the traveling public depend on the Colorado
Department of Transportation for real-time traffic and roadway information
so that they can enjoy safer and more efficient travels. With Ciena’s
advanced fiber optic solutions, we will be able to better address safety,
mobility and environmental impacts, while also helping travelers manage
their trips, improve operations of transportation agencies, and increase
-Ryan Rice, Director of Transportation Systems Management & Operations,
Colorado Department of Transportation
*“Traffic volumes are growing significantly on today’s roadways. Innovative
transportation authorities like CDOT recognize the benefits of deploying a
scalable and flexible network that supports road sensors, variable message
signs, CCTV cameras and other devices to keep travelers and highway safety
personnel informed. Ciena’s optical and packet networking solutions help
make this possible by creating a more intelligent, programmable and
reliable communications system that can scale to support more devices and
efficiently monitor activity and issues on the transportation network.”
-Jason Phipps, General Manager and Vice President North American Field
Operations at Ciena
*Ciena is the pioneer and market leader of coherent optical technology with
35,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to over 150 customers
across the globe, with more than 35 million coherent kilometers deployed.
Designed for network modernization, Ciena’s 6500 converges Ethernet, TDM,
and WDM capabilities into one platform for cost-effective delivery of
emerging and existing services—from the access edge to the backbone core.
*Used by more than 150 providers worldwide, Ciena’s packet networking
solutions improve service agility, economically support higher densities
and increases overall network capacity.
*OP^n is Ciena’s approach for building open and programmable
next-generation networks with flexible architectures and service
offerings, providing differentiated network operator benefits for a myriad
of applications, including: wireless backhaul, data center connectivity,
cloud networks and private network builds.
*Product Overview: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform
*Product Overview: Packet Networking Solutions
*Product Overview: OneControl Unified Management System
*Application Note: Building Better Networks for State and Local Governments
About the Colorado Department of Transportation
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is responsible for a 9,146
mile highway system, including 3,447 bridges. Each year, this system handles
over 27.4 billion vehicle miles of travel. Although the Interstate system
accounts for only about 10 percent (914 miles) of the total mileage on the
state system, 40 percent of all travel takes place on our Interstate highways.
CDOT is more than roads and bridges. The Colorado Transportation Management
Center (CTMC), which is located in Golden, Colorado utilizes two basic
applications to provide transportation services: Advanced Traffic Management
System and Advanced Traveler Information System. The CTMC is operated 24 hours
a day; 365 days a year by Public Information Officers (PIOs) and communication
professionals, acting as CDOT's spokespersons providing road condition and
weather related information to the public. The CTMC is an integral part of
Incident Management Response Teams by collecting and disseminating enhanced
The CTMC provides the traveling public with timely information about
Colorado's Interstates, U.S. and state highway routes using internet, paging
and telephony systems as well as providing the information on the roadway via
VMS and HAR. The CTMC also operates an incident notification system, working
with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local police agencies, county and
local fire departments and emergency management agencies.
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