Texas Awards New Crash Records System to IBM

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Austin, Tex. - 24 Mar 2004: The State of Texas has awarded IBM a contract to implement a new Crash Records Information System (CRIS) across the State to more efficiently gain insight into crash data, and help reduce traffic accidents, improve road safety, and save lives.

"Crash data is the cornerstone of Texas traffic safety improvement programs. Implementing a new Crash Records Information System will lead to more efficient and effective processing of crash records, and have a direct impact on highway safety and ultimately on saving lives," said Chief Frank Elder of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) have joined together with IBM in this effort to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of crash data to improve the safety of Texas roadways. CRIS will capture, manage and deliver timely and accurate data and improve the overall efficiency of the crash records system.

Accurate and timely collection of crash data is critical to the success of state and local transportation planning and prioritization and to achieve Federal highway funding. Crash data is used in highway and railroad-crossing safety evaluation, highway improvement projects, identification of target areas for enhanced traffic law enforcement, highway funding justification, and traffic safety studies.

"IBM will provide Texas with the technology and services to transform the State's crash record system and help meet the challenge of protecting lives on the highways. A large portion of federal highway funding is dependent on a state's ability to capture, analyze, and report on specific traffic accident and safety related information," said Bruce Caswell, IBM Business Consulting Services partner and State Government Industry leader.

In the past, crash record data has sometimes been kept in paper form that cannot be accessed and analyzed electronically, backlogged from a conversion and microfilm standpoint, and stored on disparate databases. CRIS is a leading-edge, web-based application that will capture traffic accident data, document images of accidents, allow for locating accidents on an online GIS map, and facilitate the analysis/reporting of accident data.

IBM will leverage its leading middleware software, including DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere Application Server, Tivoli Storage Manager, and MQ Series, along with its management consulting and integration services to help Texas implement CRIS.

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