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TRW TEAM SELECTED FOR ATLANTA TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TO SUPPORT 1996 OLYMPICS

 SAN DIEGO, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A team led by TRW is developing a transportation management system to improve the flow of traffic in the Atlanta Metropolitan region. The computer-controlled central management system -- the first of this size, scope and technical complexity in the United States -- will be completed in time to support the 1996 Summer Olympics. A small scale version of this system is expected to be functioning in time to help manage traffic for the 1994 Super Bowl.
 For the first time, traffic systems on freeways and arterial roads will be linked and synchronized through autonomous, "intelligent" control centers. Traffic will be monitored by cameras installed at key intersections and along freeways. Control centers will communicate with motorists by message signs, posted along roadways, which could warn of upcoming congestion, emergency vehicles, detours and suggest alternate routes.
 The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded the $13.2 million, four-year Atlanta Regional Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) engineering, design and management contract to a team headed by TRW Military Electronics & Avionics Division's Warner Robins Avionics Laboratory on Jan. 22, 1993. Although the Warner Robins group will continue providing engineering and administrative support, TRW's Atlanta Engineering Office will be the local organization responsible for the development and execution of the Atlanta ATMS project.
 "This significant contract win establishes TRW as a national leader in transportation management systems, a new line of non- defense business," said Roy J. Adams, vice president and general manager of TRW Military Electronics & Avionics Division. "We look forward to applying our advanced systems engineering technology and software expertise to design an efficient and intelligent system for improving Atlanta's traffic management. We are committed to transferring our space and military defense expertise and competencies to meet the nation's diverse transportation infrastructure problems."
 The TRW team includes Farradyne Systems Inc. of Rockville, Md.; National Engineering Technology Inc. of Chicago; and four Atlanta firms -- Moreland-Altobelli Associates, Shatari Engineering Associates, Archie Burnham and Associates and Fister Associates. The team was selected from a field of six competitors.
 "This central management system will provide traffic managers with the necessary tools to improve the flow of traffic, decrease waiting time due to traffic congestion and reduce automotive emissions," said Robert (Tip) Franklin, TRW's ATMS project manager.
 "This system gives Atlanta the opportunity to set the standard for traffic control in Georgia. Our vision is to grow our system into a statewide system," said Marion Waters, DOT's acting state traffic and safety engineer.
 "We hope a small-scale version of the system can be in place downtown near the Georgia Dome so the Super Bowl can be used as an experiment in 1994," Waters said. "Lessons learned from that experience will be used to help manage traffic during the Olympics."
 In other transportation programs, TRW and National Engineering Technology were selected by Caltrans, California's Transportation Department, to upgrade California's existing Traffic Operations Centers for Districts 7 and 12 in the congested Los Angeles basin. The TRW/NET team has also been pre-qualified as a preferred supplier by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to support its industry-leading Guidestar program.
 TRW Inc. (NYSE: TRW) provides advanced technology products and services for automotive, space, defense and information markets. The company's 1992 sales were $8.3 billion.
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