Intelligent Roadway Information System

Step-by-step Guides

  1. Make sure edit mode is ON
  2. Create a new DMS
    • Select the View ➔ Message Signs ➔ DMS menu item to display the DMS form
    • Type the name of the new DMS in the text field at the bottom of the form and press the Create button
    • Find the new DMS in the table and select it
    • Click the Properties button and a DMS properties form will appear
    • On the Location Tab specify the road and location of the sign
    • Close the DMS properties form
  3. Create a new Comm Link
    • Select the View ➔ Maintenance ➔ Comm Links menu item to display the Comm Links form
    • Type the name of the new comm link in the text field in the middle of the form and press the Create button
    • Find the newly created comm link in the table in the top of the form and select it
    • Enter a more complete description in the Description field as needed
    • Enter the controller URI in the URI column, e.g. tcp:// or udp:// for signs that use UDP
    • Select the desired protocol
    • Enter the desired polling period and timeout
    • Enable the Comm Link by clicking the Enabled checkbox
  4. Create a new Controller associated with the comm link
    • In the Comm Link Form with the desired comm link selected, click the Create button on the bottom of the form
    • Select the new controller in the lower table and click the Properties button. The Controller form should appear
    • On the Controller Form Setup Tab, change the condition to active
    • On the Location Tab specify the DMS location and cabinet style
    • On the Controller Form IO Tab, for Pin=1, select DMS in the Type column
    • In the Device column, select the name of the DMS created above
  5. View DMS Status
    • If the comm link is enabled (per above) and the controller condition is active (per above), the number of successful and failed operations is visible in real-time on the Controller's Status Tab
    • View the DMS configuration on the DMS Form Configuration tab. The Query Configuration button on that tab manually queries the sign
    • The Status Tab on the DMS Form shows additional status information

Create Plan to Activate DMS Messages

  1. Make sure edit mode is ON.
  2. Select the View ➔ Plans and Schedules menu item to display the Plans and Schedules form.
  3. Create a Phase (if it doesn't exist already)
    • Click the Plan Phases tab
    • In the space next to the Create button, enter the name of the new phase, e.g. deployed
    • Press the Create button
    • Repeat to add an undeployed phase
  4. Create an Action Plan
    • Click the Action Plans tab
    • Select undeployed for the Default Phase
    • Type the name of the new Action Plan in the edit field, e.g. slick_roads
    • Press the Create button
    • The new Plan should appear in the lower table
  5. Create DMS Actions
    • Click on the Action Plan just created (e.g. slick_roads)
    • Click the DMS Actions tab
    • In the edit field on the bottom of the form, type a DMS hashtag
    • Press the Create button
    • The new DMS Action should appear in the table
    • Select the deployed phase for the DMS action
    • Click on the Message Pattern column in the DMS Action just created
    • Specify the name of an existing message pattern to send to the sign
    • Repeat the above DMS Actions steps as many times as desired to send a message to additional DMS hashtags
  6. Activate the messages on the signs
    • Select the Plan tab to the left of the map
    • Locate the action plan from the list and select it
    • In the Selected Action Plan area, change the phase to deployed
    • Signs are activated and deactivated every 30 seconds (at :29 and :59), so wait at least 30 seconds for the messages to appear or disappear
    • Change the phase back to undeployed to blank the signs