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Transportation Management Centre (TMC)

A traffic nerve centre, this leading-edge facility monitors all 650 signalized intersections across the city and can remotely respond in real-time to signal malfunctions and unexpected traffic incidents to improve traffic flow as well as provide real-time traffic information to drivers using the Waze app.

Waze

Drawing on cutting edge technology, the TMC will lead to smoother flowing traffic as well as real-time traffic information for Winnipeg drivers so they can make better decisions on their commute. By using the Waze app, Winnipeg drivers can share and receive anonymous traffic information from the TMC to assist them with deciding which routes to take and which routes to avoid.

TMC Features:

Signals Management System

This tool allows for real time communication between the traffic signals in the streets and a central control system. This tool allows technical staff to monitor and correct many problems even before drivers or pedestrians notice there is an issue. This system also allows technical staff to modify traffic signals timings immediately should an unexpected situation arise (e.g., collisions, stalled vehicles, barricades, special events and adverse weather).

Video Management System

70 traffic cameras have been installed at strategic locations around the city acting as the TMC's eyes on the street. This system, together with the Signal Management System, helps technical staff understand the nature of unexpected traffic situations at key locations and adjust traffic signals timing as needed.

Traffic Information System

This system gathers real time traffic related information such as lane closures, traffic signals malfunctions, stalled vehicles and shares the information with drivers through the Waze app.

Cellular Communication Network

This state of the art communication network using cellular modems, is an easy to maintain, readily expandable and cost effective communication network, supporting the operation of systems mentioned above.

TMC Fast Facts:

  • All 650 of Winnipeg’s signalized intersections connected in 8 months to a state-of-the-art central management system with cellular modems.
  • 100% connectivity to achieve two-way communication between all traffic signals and a centralized hub is uncommon for a city of Winnipeg’s size.
  • Remote signal timing changes can now be made within minutes versus days, facilitating rapid response to unexpected incidents such as collisions, stalled vehicles, barricades, special events and adverse weather.
  • An advanced traffic incident management system incorporates information feeds from 311, the signals management system, connected sensors and Waze to capture and share all traffic and road related incidents.
  • Real-time alerts about traffic signal malfunctions will be sent directly to the TMC, saving 30-40 minutes versus waiting for a citizen to report it, enabling faster repairs and info for the public.
  • 70 traffic monitoring cameras acting as the TMC’s eyes on the street were installed in three months.
  • A partnership with Waze provides free real-time, two-way communication between drivers and the TMC to create the most up-to-date and comprehensive travel information source in Winnipeg.
  • A state-of-the-art audio/video system combined with a data driven video wall provides situational awareness to TMC operators.
  • A $3.6 million capital investment spent on the TMC will have a citywide benefit.

TMC PTZ Camera Locations


NOTICE OF COLLECTION:

The purpose of the TMC traffic cameras is to monitor and address traffic flows.
It is not the purpose of the TMC traffic cameras to operate as a law enforcement tool.

TMC traffic cameras are operated at certain fixed locations on the roadways to maximize coverage. Default resolution settings do not allow for the identification of personal information such as license plate numbers, or facial recognition. Pan/Tilt/Zoom capabilities may be used when monitoring a specific traffic congestion incident, traffic disruption, suspected damage to City of Winnipeg property, or when a traffic study is being conducted.

Cameras will not be set to view or record locations where an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Additional remediation measures (such as privacy masks) will be used where possible to restrict zoom-in view around areas where privacy is expected.

Any personal information recorded by cameras is collected pursuant to 36(1)(b) of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

The recorded data from TMC cameras is retained for the time frame of up to 7 days, when possible.

It will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose, unless authorized by The Act. If you have any questions regarding this collection or use of this information, please contact the City of Winnipeg Corporate FIPPA Coordinator by mail to City Clerk’s Department, Administration Building, 510 Main Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1B9, or by telephone at 311.


Last update: November 10, 2017