USDOT to host three webinars on new ITS technologies and deployments


The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) has announced that it is hosting a new three-part webinar series during February and March, highlighting the latest trends and developments in ITS deployment.

To measure the installation and use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technology nationally, the USDOT’s ITS Deployment Tracking Project surveys transportation agencies in the USA’s largest cities on a regular basis. The department’s ITS Knowledge Resources Portal also summarizes the benefits, costs, deployment levels, and lessons learned for ITS deployment and operations from over 20 years of new technology evaluation studies, research syntheses, handbooks, journal articles, and conference papers tracking the effectiveness of the latest systems and technologies.

The agency’s new webinar series will provide an overview of these resources to support informed decision making on ITS investments, highlight recent additions to the survey, and solicit feedback from participants on how best to redesign the portal to improve its usability and value. The three webinars are:

February 20 – ITS Deployment Tracking: 2016 Survey Findings on Current Levels and Trends – The webinar will answer some of the biggest questions regarding ITS deployment in the USA, including: What are the deployment trends in surveillance and advanced detection technology? Does the adoption of adaptive traffic signals by arterial agencies still occur at a rapid pace? How are transportation agencies using social media to gather and distribute information on travel conditions and schedules?

March 6 – ITS Deployment Tracking Survey: Connected Vehicle Technologies and Beyond – This webinar will present key findings on a new set of connected vehicle questions including: To what extent are agencies planning to deploy connected vehicle technologies? Which connected vehicle applications are they planning to deploy? What barriers are preventing agencies from considering these technologies?

March 27 – Updating the ITS Knowledge Resource Databases to Better Analyze, Plan, and Evaluate Your ITS Projects – How much does it cost to implement adaptive traffic control in an intersection or corridor? What are the benefits of this technology and what performance metrics can be used? Where has it been successfully implemented? This webinar will briefly show how to use data from the ITS costs, benefits and lessons learned databases -located in the Knowledge Resources Portal – to plan, justify and evaluate future projects.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).