Enhancing the safety, security and efficiency of I-75 in Southwest Florida

  • Q. What are the benefits of ITS?

    A. ITS helps to reduce congestion, increase safety, reduce costs and improve efficiency. The information collected through cameras, sensors and other detection systems is used to expedite emergency services and incident management, redirect traffic away from incidents, reduce emergency-related delays and provide the public with information to make informed travel decisions. More information about ITS and its benefits may be found at ITS Florida, ITS America or the U.S. DOT ITS Web site.

    Q. Who operates SWIFT SunGuide Center?

    A. FDOT designed, built, operates and maintains the Center and the field equipment. FDOT also controls the Road Ranger Service Patrol program.

  • Q. Do the cameras record traffic accidents?

    A. No, we do not record the CCTV camera images. The cameras are used to detect and monitor incidents in real time.

    Q. Can you control the cameras or are they stationary?

    A. The cameras can be controlled from the SWIFT SunGuide Center. They have pan, tilt and zoom capabilities and can be rotated 360 degrees.

    Q. Can you read license plates with the cameras?

    A. Unless the vehicle is not moving and very close to the camera pole, the resolution of the image is not clear enough to focus on that type of detail. Reading license plates is also not needed for Center operations. We are mainly concerned with detecting incidents and their severity, injuries and duration, lane closure information, length and duration of delays.

  • Q. Do you report speeders to FHP so they could give the motorists traffic citations?

    A. The Center does not have the responsibility or the capability of tracking individual motorist’s speeds. Our devices are wide beam radar detectors that do not track individual speeds. They take an average of the speed of all objects that pass through the area. This speed is compared to a historical average that is compiled in our database based on the time of day and day of week so abnormal traffic delays can be tracked for fast response for incident management.

    Q. How do you connect to the ITS devices in the field?

    A. The ITS devices are connected by fiber optic cable to the Center.