2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The 21st Annual Conference was a great success and set new records for attendance and sponsors.  We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of the sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for their continued support!

 

Please check the Conference page for highlights from the conference, including presentations and a photo gallery.

Employment Opportunity with Stanley Consultants

ITS Project Manager / Sr. Traffic Engineer
Phoenix, AZ

Stanley Consultants is seeking an ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) Project Manager to continue the success of our ITS / FMS (Freeway Management Systems) and Traffic Engineering Practice Areas. This position requires expertise in ITS master planning, design, and implementation. The successful candidate will enjoy: developing close client and staff relationships; providing creative approaches to project development; maintaining stewardship responsibility during project execution; and have a personal dedication to serving client needs.

Full details are available here.

 

2014 ITS Arizona Annual Conference

Online registration closes TODAY, but registration and payment will be available at the conference registration desk. 

This year’s conference is filling up! We have a long list of conference sponsors and exhibitors; and, our program is jam packed with nationally, regionally and locally recognized leaders in the ITS industry.

We are excited to announce our Day One technical workshop on Connected Vehicles features nationally renowned speakers Mr. Gregory Winfree, the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology of USDOT, Mr. Jim Wright of AASHTO, Mr. Greg Krueger of Leidos, and Mr. Tom Schaffnit of Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC). Come and see how Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) radio works. Dr. Larry Head of U of A will be hosting a hands-on demonstration.

Day Two will be filled with technical presentations on the latest advents in ITS from agency and industry leaders, and the research community around the country. Also, visit our vendors for the latest and greatest the ITS industry has to offer.

 

Check out the Conference Program and don’t forget that this year Day One begins at 11:30 am with lunch!  

 

Connected vehicles are coming…

…and your community can be part of the evolution of this exciting new technology. Consider becoming part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s) Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program.

The USDOT has begun taking steps to enable wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for light vehicles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to “talk” to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether and can be leveraged in innovative ways to improve traveler mobility and reduce environmental impacts.

The Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program is helping to make connected vehicles a reality by testing this technology in several U.S. communities.  For more information, download the CV Pilot Flyer.

 

ITS America Statement on Latta-Issa-Eshoo-Matsui 5.9 GHz Spectrum Bill

Washington, D.C. (July 17, 2014) – Scott F. Belcher, President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), today released the following statement in response to the Wi-Fi Innovation Act introduced by U.S. Representatives Bob Latta (R-OH), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) that would put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow unlicensed devices to operate in the 5.9 GHz band of spectrum set aside by the FCC for life-saving vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology showcased by President Barack Obama on Tuesday during a visit to the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia:

“ITS America and our members were thrilled to join President Obama this week to celebrate the latest connected vehicle technologies that are making our roads safer and our infrastructure smarter,” said ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher. “As President Obama said this week, ‘Any new technology that makes driving safer is important to me and new technology that makes driving smarter is good for the economy.’ Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication has the potential to prevent or mitigate 4 out of 5 unimpaired vehicle crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, saving tens of thousands of lives each year while improving mobility and reducing wasted time and fuel.”

Belcher continued, “While we support efforts to make better use of the nation’s airwaves and recognize the cable industry’s interest in gaining access to the 5.9 GHz band, I cannot think of a more appropriate, innovative and important use of spectrum than saving tens of thousands of lives each year and reducing the nearly $1 trillion cost of crashes and congestion to American families and our nation’s economy.”

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children and young adults in the United States, with more than 33,000 annual fatalities, 2.3 million injuries, and an economic cost of $871 billion according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Traffic congestion costs Americans another $121 billion in wasted time and fuel according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, stifling economic growth and creating 5.5 billion hours of additional delay for commuters.

More than 3,000 vehicles are already operating with V2V technology in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a result of the U.S. DOT-sponsored Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot, which is being expanded to 20,000 – 30,000 vehicles and V2I applications, and the technology is expected to be adopted in all newly manufactured vehicles in the next few years thanks to collaborative efforts between the U.S. DOT and major automakers and tech companies who developed and tested the technology over the past decade. The technology is already being deployed in Japan and is expected to be adopted in Europe as early as next year.

In response to a Senate companion bill introduced last month, U.S. DOT Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Gregory Winfree testified before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee that, “We have very serious concerns about any spectrum sharing that prevents or delays access to the desired channel, or otherwise preempts the safety applications. At this time, the Department is unaware of any existing or proposed technical solution which guarantees interference free operation of the DSRC safety critical applications while allowing Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 5.9 GHz spectrum.”

Belcher concluded, “ITS America supports the collaborative effort, which is already underway, to explore whether a technical solution exists that would allow Wi-Fi devices to operate in the 5.9 GHz band without interfering with these critical safety applications. But this process should be allowed to proceed without arbitrary deadlines, restrictive parameters or political pressure that could influence the outcome.”

 

2014 ITS Training Opportunities

New Online Training: Free for U.S. local, state, regional, metropolitan, and federal government agencies – use sponsor code PCB when you register. Otherwise, $250 each. All course materials are on-line but students have access to course instructors through pre-scheduled conference calls.

For more information, contact Denise Twisdale (301-405-6323) or Kathy Frankle (410-414-2925).

Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE) is now accepting registrations for the following online, BLENDED (instructor-led) courses:

Improving Highway Safety with ITS (May 2 through June 21, 2014) 1.0 CEUs

This course aims to increase awareness of the benefits to be gained through the deployment of ITS for highway safety applications. Throughout the course, a series of “hands on” activities leads participants from identification and prioritization of highway safety priority areas to formulation of organization- and individual-level actions to mitigate the challenges at hand.

Managing High Technology Projects in Transportation September – October 2014
Principles and Tools of Road Weather Management September – October 2014
Introduction to Systems Engineering October – December 2014
Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) October – December 2014