FHWA gives Iteris the first task order under its ITS Architecture Program IDIQ contract

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ed informatics systems for the transportation industry, Iteris Inc., has been awarded its first task order under the five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract that it signed with the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in June this year.

The FHWA awarded Iteris the US$19.5m five-year contract to provide continued development, evolution and deployment support for the agency’s national intelligent transportation systems (ITS) reference architecture program. Under the new three-year US$4.7m task order agreement, Iteris will support the evolution of the Architecture Reference for Cooperative and Intelligent Transportation (ARC-IT) content to reflect recent changes in ITS and connected automated vehicle (CAV) developments, and to help cities and states prepare for the arrival of new self-driving and infrastructure-aware vehicle technologies.

The program supports statewide and regional ITS planning and deployment to encourage interoperability and CAV preparedness through workshops, training and technical assistance. An important aspect of the program is alignment with and support for standards development activities, as well as international coordination of ITS architecture and standards concepts and approaches in harmonization with efforts in Europe, Australia, and Japan.

Currently operating in Version 8.1, which was released in June, ARC-IT provides a common framework for planning, defining, and integrating intelligent transportation systems. It is a mature product that reflects the contributions of a broad cross-section of the ITS community, including transportation practitioners, systems engineers, system developers, technology specialists, consultants, and academia.

Iteris has led the development and evolution of USDOT’s ITS architecture reference for over 30 years, and initiated the original Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture (CVRIA) in 2012. Combining the two architectures into ARC-IT enables transportation stakeholders to see the linkages between their ITS and CAV technologies and facilitates integration and interoperability discussions as they plan and implement ITS and CAV projects. Iteris leads an experienced core team of Ice & Associates and Consystec. Additional team members include Trevilon and Booz Allen Hamilton.

“We are proud to support the US Department of Transportation’s efforts to improve safety and mobility with this first task order under the ITS architecture program,” said Ramin Massoumi, senior vice president and general manager of transportation systems at Iteris.

“We are privileged to provide the necessary expertise to support the universal reference architecture for ITS, which represents the foundation of so many automated vehicle and connectivity projects nationwide.”

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