Traffic Alert System Description
The Houston TranStar Traffic Alert System enables registered
users to receive notification of incidents and travel times on
Houston area freeways. The notifications, or “traffic alerts”,
can be sent to any device capable of receiving E-mail or text
messages, including personal computers, cellular phones, personal
digital assistants (PDAs), and text pagers. Using the
registration system, users can customize their alert profiles
detailing the times, locations, and types of alerts that they
would like to receive.
Users who register for incident alerts will receive them each
time the status of an incident changes. Typically, an incident's
status will change twice for each incident-- once upon
verification by Houston TranStar traffic operators, and once when
the incident has been cleared.
Travel Time Alerts
Users can set up travel time alerts to be sent to them for
freeway segments at specific times and days of the week. To
accomodate traveling to and from a specific location, multiple
routes can be configured for each user.
Many mobile Internet service providers have a limit on the number
of e-mails or text messages customers are able to receive per
month. Once this limit is reached, customers are charged on a per
message basis. Contact your Internet service provider to find out
what your messaging limits are.