Technology Company Helping Motorists Navigate Road Construction
Side’s Savvior Technology Solutions behind www.epenndot.com
been said that if you ask Pittsburghers to give you directions
from one place to another, they’ll respond by taking you there.
across the state trying to navigate the often confusing and ever-changing
detours caused by PennDot road construction projects, the State
Department of Transportation went a step beyond that by taking
them through the detour routes without actually having to get
in their cars.
which has recorded 4.5 million visits to date, drivers-eye-view
video clips of alternate detour routes around construction projects
are among the many features recommended and developed by Savvior
Technology Solutions (formerly Innovative Solutions, Inc.), based
on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Other features include printable maps
and directions of the alternate routes, information and suggestions
about where to park, and strategically placed, live-round-the-clock
traffic cams that give drivers a visual picture of current traffic
conditions at key intersections.
The site was
developed by Savvior, using text content provided by a local public
relations firm. It’s part of an effort to keep drivers informed
about inconveniences caused by the projects, while making it as
easy as possible to access that information.
It’s an interactive
site that changes as regularly as project information is updated.
"We initially approached Savvior about building the site in 1999,
when many of these projects were announced," said Dick Skrinjar,
PennDot information officer. "Our objective was to provide user-friendly
information to the millions of drivers who travel the state’s
roads each day," he said.
site’s main purpose is to provide information, Skrinjar said he
also wanted it to be interesting, compelling, and fun to use.
"Everything we imagined, Savvior found a way to make real. The
value the Savvior team brings is its technological expertise,
and its amazing ability to keep coming up with new concepts we’d
never seen before. Their involvement keeps the site—and, we hope,
PennDot—on the cutting edge," he said.
Savvior president and CEO, said the project took about six weeks
to complete and that the site continues to evolve, especially
with the planned addition of further interactivity. "We’re in
close, often daily contact with PennDot. As the public’s expectations
of what a web presence should be continue to evolve, we continue
to push our abilities to stay a few steps ahead—always looking
for newer ways to use technology," he said.
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