2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Changing the Way We Travel


September 24 & 25
Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center St., Building C
Mesa, AZ 85201



Contact:

Khamchanh Ratsavong, VP
info@itsaz.org
(480) 312-4347

Employment Opportunity with MCDOT

MARICOPA COUNTY
invites applications for the position of: 
Senior Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Specialist

An Equal Opportunity Employer

OPENING DATE: 08/12/14
CLOSING DATE: 08/26/14 11:59 PM
DEPARTMENT: Transportation
JOB TYPE: Classified/Full-Time
LOCATION: Phoenix, Arizona
SALARY: $30.24 – $38.27 Hourly

POSITION OVERVIEW:

With minor supervision, designs the specification of Wide Area Network (WAN), Local Area Network (LAN), Fiber Optic and Wireless Information Technology (IT)infrastructure for ITS applications, performs technical deployment, integration, testing and maintenance of MCDOT and AZTech Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) components and Information Technology devices.

Full details are available here.

 

Employment Opportunity with the City of Mesa

CITY OF MESA
invites applications for the position of: 
ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) Technician I
SALARY: $46,758.40 – $62,940.80 Annually

OPENING DATE: 08/01/14
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

DESCRIPTION/DUTIES:

This recruitment is being conducted to establish a list of most qualified applicants.  The most qualified applicant will possess experience in maintaining microprocessor-based instruments, TSI and TSII Type I and II controllers, basic knowledge of personal computer (PC) operations, and optical pre-empt devices, including telemetry equipment.

Under general supervision, an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Technician I performs skilled work in the installation, maintenance, operation, and repair of electrical and electronic traffic signal control devices, various communication devices, and the ITS components.  This position performs related duties, as required.
 
An ITS Technician I performs skilled electrical installations of various ITS components such as:  Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, vehicle detection systems, dynamic message signs, and traffic signal control devices.  Work includes troubleshooting malfunctions and responding to trouble calls.  The incumbent performs construction of traffic signals and inspects the work of contractors to verify their work meets City of Mesa and other standards.  This position performs scheduled periodic maintenance functions and maintains written logs of work performed.  The incumbent uses a personal computer (PC) for recordkeeping and diagnostic troubleshooting of signal operations.  The incumbent will be required to work irregular shifts, weekends, evenings, and holidays.  Work is subject to call-out during off-duty hours.  Guidance is received by the ITS Technician II and is supervised by the ITS Operations Foreman who reviews work through observation, conferences, reports, and results achieved.  This class is FLSA nonexempt.

Full details are available here.

 

USDOT Spotlights MCDOT High-Tech Traffic Management Research

Anthem, AZ — Daisy Mountain Drive is known amongst locals for its scenic desert views and vibrant neighborhood businesses. But, it is also home to a state-of-the-art field lab for testing new transportation technology systems for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadway communication systems. Maricopa County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) SMARTDrive Test Bed was selected to be part of the United States Domestic Scan Program’s visit to Arizona to study advances in Integrated Corridor Management.

The U.S. Domestic Scan Team is an elite group of professional transportation leaders from across the country pulled together by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to facilitate information sharing about the latest in innovations in traffic management technologies and research.

“Yesterday’s Scan Team visit to our Anthem Test Bed demonstrates how SMARTDrive has put MCDOT in the national forefront of the SMART signal system technology transformation,” said Faisal Saleem, MCDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Branch Manager. “MCDOT’s testing is leading research in emerging technologies to fine tune traffic control systems that, in the very near future, will link all drivers to both their surroundings and other vehicles on the road. This means fewer crashes and more saved lives.”

With this new system, traffic control signals will have two-way communication with emergency vehicles, and the vehicles will be in communication with one another. When one or more emergency response vehicles are approaching an intersection from different directions, the SMARTDrive Intelligent Traffic Signal System will selectively prioritize and notify all approaching emergency vehicles which vehicle has the right-of-way, significantly improving both intersection operation and safety. The MCDOT SMARTDrive Program is a collaborative partnership between Maricopa County and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) through the Arizona Connected Vehicle Program.

The MCDOT SMARTDrive Test Bed has garnered national attention since its launch in spring 2012. MCDOT ITS engineers and University of Arizona researchers are on the national forefront developing a vehicle prioritization system that will make signalized intersections safer nationwide for emergency responders and the general public, according to Saleem and UA Systems and Industrial Engineering researcher, Dr. Larry Head.

The MCDOT SMARTDrive field test corridor is helping to lay the groundwork toward the future deployment of smart vehicle systems throughout the country. “The installation of vehicle prioritization systems for emergency vehicles at the intersections will also provide core infrastructure for the path to national deployment. Over the next decade, as the nation’s public and private vehicle fleets are renewed and equipped with this technology, this system will lead the way in making intersections significantly safer,” said Saleem.

MCDOT’s SMARTDrive Test Bed in Anthem, along with CALTRANS test site in California, were both selected to serve as national test sites for the Intelligent Traffic Signal System applications funded by the US Department of Transportation and the Cooperative Transportation Systems Pooled Fund Study (CTS PFS). These sites collect and exchange data to develop and design a test plan to implement system and operational requirements for the futuristic Intelligent Traffic Signal System.

Speaking to US Domestic Scan Program Group
Faisal Saleem, MCDOT ITS Branch Manager, speaks to visiting US Domestic Scan Program Group during MCDOT SMARTDrive demonstration in Anthem on Tuesday.

 

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 World Congress

wc-detroitITS America is proud to host for the first time in its history, the ITS World Congress in the birthplace of America’s auto industry, Detroit, Michigan, September 7-11, 2014. Join us and the world’s leading transportation policy makers, researchers, high-tech innovators, engineers, and business professionals from more than 65 countries as we gather with the goal of bringing greater levels of safety, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity to transportation systems worldwide and strive to Reinvent Transportation in our Connected World.

Registration is now open. Be amongst the expected 10,000 transportation professionals that will descend on Detroit later this year.

 

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