On March 28th, ITS Arizona held the first technical workshop of the year at Tomar Electronics’ facility in Gilbert, Arizona. Tom Bleasdale, Southwest Region Sales Manager for Tomar Electronics, Inc., spoke on the subject of “Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) and Vehicle Lighting Technologies“, providing an in-depth explanation of the working principle, the history and the latest trends in EVP and vehicle lighting technologies. Nearly 30 ITS Arizona members attended and, following the presentation, were treated to a tour of Tomar’s state-of-the-art high-tech facility where their signature EVP and emergency/municipal vehicle lighting products are manufactured.
ITS Arizona sponsored a joint luncheon with the University of Arizona ITE Student Chapter on March 22nd 2017. Scott Clark, ITS Arizona President, and Avery Rhodes, Senior Traffic Engineer with Advanced Traffic Solutions, gave a presentation on “Transit Signal Priority” (TSP). Scott presented the hardware needs for TSP while Avery covered the software needs. The presentation covered the case for the implementation of TSP for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in the City of Mesa, AZ. The joint luncheon was attended by about 20 students and Dr. Yao-Jan Wu, the ITE student chapter advisor, along with ITS Arizona Board Members Sanjay Paul, Mike Sutton and Arnab Gupta.
On March 11th, ITS Arizona volunteers participated in another successful clean-up effort of the Tempe Canal Path. ITS Arizona has adopted a one mile segment of the path, between University Drive and Apache Boulevard. We were excited to see our newly installed ITS Arizona Adopt-a-Path signs; look for them next time you are on the path! Thanks to all who attended the clean-up effort. We collected several bags of trash and had a great time volunteering with other ITS members and their families. ITS Arizona will be planning additional clean-up efforts this year and we encourage you to join us next time!
Thank you to the City of Tempe for providing safety vests for all volunteers!
Volunteers from ITS Arizona recently participated in an opportunity to meet with valley students and spark their interest in Engineering! The Classroom Visits are a component of Discover Engineers Week; a week in February that is dedicated to celebrating the positive contributions made to society by Engineers. Each year, engineering professionals and teachers sign up to participate in E-Week Classroom Visits. The engineering mentors meet with K-12 students and talk about what it means to be an Engineer and how their creativity, hard work, and innovation can help others. The engineering mentors also conducted a fun activity with the students. This year, our engineering mentors had the opportunity to meet with two classrooms of students, from Longfellow and Sirrine Elementary Schools. The students participated in two activities; the “Balloon Flinker” (balancing forces) and the “Gumdrop Domes” (structures to support a load). Thank you to Sarath Joshua, Lydia Warnick, Srini Goundla, Brenda Soto and Michelle Beckley for participating in this year’s classroom visits. ITS Arizona is excited to have had the opportunity to meet with students and talk about the great things that can be accomplished with Engineering!
Gumdrop Domes: https://goo.gl/syJhpE
Balloon Flinker: https://goo.gl/MO0ujE
ITS Arizona is an annual sponsor of the Best Future Transportation System award for the Engineers Week Future Cities Competition. This annual event encourages middle school students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by presenting a set of technical challenges over a four-month season that each must address, culminating at a regional finals event. The technical challenge facing the students this year was public spaces. Students from schools throughout the state presented creative and innovative solutions for incorporating and managing public spaces that provide both public utility and recreational features.
This year’s winner of the Best Future Transportation System award was submitted by Joshua Anderson, Kaylie Nachtigal, and Sebastian Urdoi from Sunset Heights Elementary in Peoria. The students were supported by their sponsor teacher Ms. Lisa Gonzalez and their technical mentor Mr. Chris Newman. In addition to incorporating and managing public spaces in their future city, the team created a future personal and public transportation system that relies on human powered “cycles” for propulsion. Per the student “engineers” their future transportation system is described as follows:
“Our transportation system known as cytubular transport, opens up many spaces where roads would normally crowd public areas. Cytubular transport is based on the idea of having a moving pod attached to a cable or beam that is powered similarly to a bicycle. It is projected a safe distance from the ground that allows clearage from the surface and the pod. Traffic is avoided because there are no intersections or crosses directly on the same level. In case of an emergency there are safety features. One feature is that the pods lock into each other upon impact.”
ITS Arizona recognizes and congratulates the efforts of all the teams that participated in the 2016-2017 Engineers Week Future Cities Competition. The Future Cities Competition continues to challenge youths to think about how our lives will change in the future and how we can solve engineering, design, and planning challenges by thinking different.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released new fact sheets on each of the three pilot deployment sites—New York City; Wyoming; and Tampa, Florida. As part of the USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, these sites are designing, building and testing the nation’s most complex and extensive deployment of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device and roadside technologies.
The newly released fact sheets provide an overview of each of the pilot deployment sites, including the transportation challenges that exist in each location. The fact sheets also discuss the deployment approach, connected vehicle applications, partnerships and expected benefits for each pilot site.
To view the New York City Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program fact sheet, please visit: https://www.its.dot.gov/factsheets/pdf/NYCCVPliot_Factsheet_020817.pdf.
To view the Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program fact sheet, please visit: https://www.its.dot.gov/factsheets/pdf/TampaCVPIlot_Factsheet.pdf.
To view the Wyoming Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program fact sheet, please visit: https://www.its.dot.gov/factsheets/pdf/WyomingCVPilot_Factsheet_020817.pdf.
To learn more about connected vehicles and other Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office research, please visit: www.its.dot.gov.
GRIDSMART is seeking an Outside Sales (Business Development) Representative/Manager to market the GRIDSMART System to municipalities across the Rocky Mountain Region.
Full details are available for download.
The first ITS Arizona Technical Workshop of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 11am-1pm.
Tom Bleasdale, Southwest Region Sales Manager, Tomar Electronics, Inc., will discuss “Inside Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) and Vehicle Lighting Technologies“.
For 25 years, Tomar’s Emergency Vehicle Preemption technologies have been deployed nationwide to provide safe passage of emergency vehicles at signalized intersections. This workshop features an in-depth explanation of the working principle, the history and the latest trends in EVP technologies, which will benefit ITS professionals and drivers alike.
In addition to the presentation, attendees will enjoy a technical tour of Tomar’s state-of-the-art green high-tech facility and witness first-hand the manufacturing of their signature products for EVP and emergency/municipal vehicle lighting applications.
Location and registration information is available online
We are pleased to announce that planning for the ITS Arizona 24th Annual Conference is well underway and that this year’s theme is “Building Smart Infrastructure“. The conference will be September 27th & 28th, 2017 at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, AZ.
More details will be coming soon, so please SAVE THE DATE and plan to attend!