NC TraCS is the North Carolina DMV's implementation of the National Model of the Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS) package. TraCS will provide officers with all of the functionality necessary to record and retrieve incident information wherever and whenever an incident occurs.
The NC DMV Traffic Records Communications System (TRCS) is an enhancement of the current Crash Reporting System that enables DMV to receive and process crash reports electronically.
NC TraCS and DMV TRCS are collectively referred to as TRCS and work together to allow officers to collect accident information and the communications software to transmit the data to a central repository and DMV using wireless and wired technologies. TRCS allows officers to collect and validate information in the vehicle using a notebook computer or at a local office using a workstation. TRCS can obtain driver and vehicle information corresponding to a driver license or a vehicle (plate or VIN) from the centralized location. TRCS is designed to be a paperless system, where creation, validation and transmission are performed electronically.
The goal of TRCS is to reduce the time needed to create a crash report while in the field. DMV processes all submitted crash report data nightly, so all data is processed within 24 hours of being received at DMV. This translates to faster correction time and in turn, expedited public availability of crash data. Crash data is used by applications such as the Traffic Engineering Accident Analysis System (TEAAS) to analyze and report on crashes occurring within the state. The ultimate benefactor of TEAAS is the population at large, as the primary goal of its use is to improve public safety along North Carolina's roadways.
The TRCS project began in 2001 when the Governor's Highway Safety Commission funded an initiative to provide the capability to electronically submit the DMV-349 Crash reports directly to the Division of Motor Vehicles. The efficiencies in time and costs that would be gained by law enforcement offices to electronically submit the crash reports was the driving force for this initiative. This program was referred to as eCrash and would provide law enforcement officers this capability using a mobile data terminal (MDT) in their patrol cars or on a desktop workstation that has a connection to the statewide network. DMV and the State Highway Patrol worked together to develop the eCrash system that would be available at no cost to law enforcement offices in the State of North Carolina. When eCrash was completed, DMV had a communications system that would accept crash reports in XML format to be sent to DMV to be processed.
DMV was in search of a user interface that could be provided to law
enforcement officers to collect accident data, and would integrate
easily with the eCrash communications system. Business analysis of
TraCS, its functionality, technologies used and compatibility with
DMV's communications system was conducted. TRCS would be the solution
to DMV's business need with customizations to TraCS and minor
modifications to the existing communications system. Utilizing Oracle,
Java, CORBA and XML technologies according to n-tier client/server
architecture, the TRCS effort was completed and in pilot during June
2004. The first production release of TRCS was in July 2004.
TRCS RELEASE HISTORY
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