Transit New Zealand is looking for a software system to run electronic road signs on a national basis.
The roading authority has put out a tender for the design, development and implementation of a system for remote monitoring and control of the signs, which are called variable message signs (VMS).
Transit's IS operations manager, Para Ganesan, says "we're trying to develop software based as far as possible on open standards."
The system will be site-agnostic, he says, "so there won't be piecemeal solutions for different parts of the country."
A centralised system that can be rolled out region-by-region is the plan, he says and it will start in Canterbury, where it is envisaged to be in operation by the end of June.
Several parts of the country already have the signs and they already have management software, some of which will be integrated with the new system and others upgraded for compliance with the new system.
"Not all the signs are built the same and there may be some tweaking needed [for them] to work with the central system."
Requirements for bidders for the job include using the J2EE standard and offering a product based on the WebSphere/Java platform and communications between the central system and the signs will be via Telecom's CDMA network.
Sign operators will access the central system via a web interface.