SAVE THE DATE!

The 22nd ITS Arizona Annual Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th & Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at the Mesa Convention Center.


See the Conference page to review highlights from our very successful 2014 conference.

ITS America’s 2015 “Best of ITS” Award Nominations

ITS America’s “Best of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Awards,” annually recognize the most innovative projects and influential achievements among the high-tech transportation community. This year, Best of ITS winners will be honored during the Opening Plenary Session of the 25th ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo amongst hundreds of transportation professionals, policymakers, and press.

2015 Best of ITS Awards Nomination Categories

  • Best New Innovative Product, Service or Application
  • Best New Innovative Startup Company
  • Best New Innovative Practice:
     – Rural ITS Project
     – Sustainability in Transportation
     – Outreach
     – Partnership Deployment
     – Research Design and Innovation

Nomination Guidelines

If you or your colleagues know of an innovative ITS product or practice that has been implemented within the 2014 calendar year, please begin drafting your nomination for consideration. Winners will be awarded in each category. To view the full descriptions for each nomination category, eligibility requirements and criteria, submission instructions, and award selection procedures please download our 2015 Official Best of ITS Awards Nomination Guidelines.

Full details are available online.

 

NTOC Talks Newsletter – January 7, 2015

The National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) distributes a newsletter every other Wednesday, pulling together articles from a variety of sources, including state DOTs, transportation journals, and local and national media websites.  The latest news, as well as information on signing up for the newsletter, are available here.

The following are some articles of interest from the latest NTOC Talks Newsletter:

 

In Memory of Rich Semer

Rich Semer passed away on December 29, 2014. He will be greatly missed as a colleague and a friend of ITS Arizona. Rich helped many of the folks in the ITS community with network and ITS fiber designs, both with Kimley-Horn and his company, RJ Engineering. The service for Rich will be at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Road, in Scottsdale, at 1pm on Sunday, January 11th.

 

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.”