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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:24 pm    Post subject: Anyone tried TMC today? Reply with quote

IIRC the guy from ITIS said that the TMC data would be going live on some new radio stations today.

Anyone noticed an improvement? I've been stuck at home doing accounts, so I haven't had the opportunity to try.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:31 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried TMC today? Reply with quote

carl_w wrote:
IIRC the guy from ITIS said that the TMC data would be going live on some new radio stations today.

Anyone noticed an improvement? I've been stuck at home doing accounts, so I haven't had the opportunity to try.


Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the new stations are yet to go live. These will go live this quarter and I will update you on the progress.

Thanks, and Happy New Year

Jon Foxley
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried TMC today? Reply with quote

Jonfo wrote:
carl_w wrote:
IIRC the guy from ITIS said that the TMC data would be going live on some new radio stations today.

Anyone noticed an improvement? I've been stuck at home doing accounts, so I haven't had the opportunity to try.


Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the new stations are yet to go live. These will go live this quarter and I will update you on the progress.

Thanks, and Happy New Year

Jon Foxley


Nice to see someone out there is monitoring the TMC forum and responding Laughing
Can you say which stations are likely to be available Question

And a Happy New Year to You.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried TMC today? Reply with quote

Gee-Pee wrote:
Can you say which stations are likely to be available Question


Unless things have changed THIS Post stated the following:

Jonfo wrote:
I am happy to now post a finalised list of the radio stations we will be using to extend our TMC Coverage. These will run alongside our existing network of stations, which incorporate Classic FM, and Real Radio Yorkshire. And additionally in Scotland, Clyde 1, Forth FM, Moray Firth Radio, North Sound Radio, Radio Borders, Tay FM and West Sound Radio. The expected "go live" date for these stations will be 1st January 2008.


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Smooth London, 102.2, London
Smooth Manchester, 100.4, North West England
Century Radio, 101.8, North East England
Century Radio, 100.7, North East England
Century Radio, 96.4, Hexham
Century Radio, 96.2, Fenham
Century 105, 105.4, North West England
Smooth, 106.6, East Midlands
Smooth, 105.7, West Midlands
Smooth, TBA, North East
Smooth, TBA, North East
Smooth, TBA, North East
Wish FM, 102.4, Wigan
Wire FM, 107.2, Warrington
Signal 1, 102.6, South Cheshire
Signal 1, 96.4, South Cheshire
Signal 1, 96.9, South Cheshire
CFM, 102.5, Penrith
CFM, 102.2, West Cumbria
CFM, 103.4, West Cumbria
CFM, 96.4, Carlisle
Kiss 100 FM, 100.0, London
Magic 105.4 FM, 105.4, London
Kiss 101, 101.0, Severn Estuary
Kiss 101, 97.2, Bristol
Kiss 105-108, 107.7, Peterborough
Kiss 105-108, 106.1, Norwich
Kiss 105-108, 106.4, Ipswich
Kiss 105-108, 105.6, Cambridge
Wave 105 FM, 105.8, Poole
Wave 105 FM, 105.2, Solent


And don't forget the "Real" radio stations that cover South Wales - Mike
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed

Sorry Mike! New Years resolution..."Use the Search function"

Graham



But, can't pick up Real stations Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Straight from the horse's mouth...

Worked fine today around Brentwood, still crappy where I live. Need some more stations.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried TMC today? Reply with quote

Jonfo wrote:
carl_w wrote:
IIRC the guy from ITIS said that the TMC data would be going live on some new radio stations today.

Anyone noticed an improvement? I've been stuck at home doing accounts, so I haven't had the opportunity to try.


Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the new stations are yet to go live. These will go live this quarter and I will update you on the progress.

Thanks, and Happy New Year

Jon Foxley


Whose fault is it that my Traffic warning on GO920T always says delay of only ONE minute? ITIS or TomTom? It seems my road is either clear, or subject to one minute delay. I can put up with 1 minute delay, providing it's only 1 minute, but I don't believe it's even possible to forecast a delay that small.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried TMC today? Reply with quote

DennisN wrote:
Whose fault is it that my Traffic warning on GO920T always says delay of only ONE minute? ITIS or TomTom? It seems my road is either clear, or subject to one minute delay. I can put up with 1 minute delay, providing it's only 1 minute, but I don't believe it's even possible to forecast a delay that small.
I believe that's a Tomtom bug -- it's been mentioned before.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried TMC today? Reply with quote

carl_w wrote:
DennisN wrote:
Whose fault is it that my Traffic warning on GO920T always says delay of only ONE minute? ITIS or TomTom? It seems my road is either clear, or subject to one minute delay. I can put up with 1 minute delay, providing it's only 1 minute, but I don't believe it's even possible to forecast a delay that small.
I believe that's a Tomtom bug -- it's been mentioned before.

I deliberately quoted Jonfo's post hoping he would give a reply, on the assumption that being a spokesperson for ITIS he'd give me at least a statement that they are not originating the 1 minute problem, then I'd really know I have to get onto TomTom. I'm brand new to Traffic, having previously sneered at it and tuned my vehicle tranny to Radio 5, so with a definitive answer from ITIS I'd happily take it up with TT. Unfortunately, your answer only leaves me able to say "I know a guy who reckons it's your fault" as opposed to "ITIS tell me they pump the correct delay time to you, what are you doing about getting it right?" Somebody else told me the GPRS delay time forecast is "correct" and that the GPRS info comes from ITIS, so it looks extremely likely that TT are the culprit. It would have been nice to hear that ITIS are quietly leaning on TT to get it sorted because they are getting flack for it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops, sorry. And I was trying to be helpful too Embarassed
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a ViaMichelin X980T and TMC has worked great while driving all along the South coast from Portsmouth to Totnes in Devon - just one or two losses of signal.

However, driving north on the M3 from Wincehster to the M25 to either Heathrow or Gatwick I have had no reception at all - basically the reason I bought a SatNav with TMC doesn't work Sad

Do you think the new WAVE 105 and London channels will improve reception in this area?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like TT have acknowledged the 1 minute delay as a software issue - see this thread.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

carl_w wrote:
Oops, sorry. And I was trying to be helpful too Embarassed


Please forgive my crass comments - they were not intended as criticism of your kind concerns - I suppose I was hoping Jonfo would see them and bless us with info from the horses mouth, so to speak.

For information, I have three concerns with RDS-TMC ....
1. Signal. I've done a round trip today from Keynsham to Radstock, to Cheshunt and back home, something near 300 miles. The GO920T signal was on and off all day long (I'm not studying it closely and it's not in my usual eyeline - that's for one of the 720s - so I can't say how long on/off). During the journey, Radio 5 live didn't go on and off!! So their traffic service worked all the time. With no TMC signal at the time I planned the second leg of the trip, I didn't know about M3 closure until I'd done quite a few miles (didn't have Radio 5 on, expecting great things from TMC).

2. Accuracy of information. I can't judge how well iTIS perform yet. Today's run proved they did know about a problem on the M3.

3. Accuracy of presentation. For today's closure of the M3 at J5 towards London, 920T told me at about 9:45am of the problem, but identified it as ONE MINUTE delay. As soon as it came up on the 920, I turned on Radio 5, only to just catch the end of a traffic update and had to wait 30 minutes for the next one, to learn the M3 had been closed since 6am and unlikely to open until at least 11:30am. So I diverted, but quite late, adding 30 minutes to my journey time. (Better than going to M3 though, which didn't open until noon, by which time I was already on the northern stretch of the M25).

Thanks for that link AndyVaughan. I reckon a quick complaint to TT is next - at least one guy got himself three month free subscription to the GPRS Traffic!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had a GO 710 for about 14 months now. Having at last got an antenna that works at the end of last year, I was looking forward to receiving reliable traffic information. (My receiver works very well - I have routed it out through the door seal and tied it to the roof rail. Rarely without a green circle!!!) (Get a bit of a leak though, when it rains ....!)

Traffic information from ITiS is very poor though. I rarely get an accurate message. Any number of messages telling me about 1 minute delays (yes, I know there is a software fault on delay time) but where there is no problem at all and yet any number of occasions where there have been notable delays that get no mention at all. For example, for 6 weeks before Christmas, the A450 between its junctions with the A449 and the A442 was closed for major works. This is a busy route. Not one mention by ITiS for the whole period.

Currently there are road works on the A449 at Hoo Farm, just south of Kidderminster. Temporary traffic lights causing lengthy delays (up to 15 minutes at peak times each day in both directions. They were there all last week too. Has there been any mention on the traffic information? Has there [BLEEP] !

This last weekend, the main route into Upton-upon-Severn (B4211) was closed due to flooding for 2 days. Again, not a whisper from ITiS.

And, so far as I can see, there is no way for a public spirited person to report incidents to ITiS for them to include.

I would welcome Jonfo's comments ....
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it should be developed to use the GPRS service so that every user's speed is fed back to their mainframe (on capable Sat Navs).

If the average speed of a certain number of cars on a section of road is below a defined average then a report is automatically sent out through the TMC.

In this way, theroetically, every road in the country can be covered!
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