A $3.7 million project to construct a first-in-the-nation thermal detection system, which will detect wrong-way vehicles and alert the other drivers and law enforcement of them on Interstate 17, was recently approved by the State Transportation Board.
Construction of the thermal camera pilot system is expected to begin this fall on I-17 from I-10 to Loop 101. ADOT is exploring ways to begin construction even sooner. Full installation will take seven months, and the performance of this pilot will guide further expansion.
The system will take a three-phase approach when a wrong-way vehicle is detected: alerting wrong-way drivers so they can self-correct, warning right-way drivers and notifying law enforcement.
Once operational, the system will use thermal cameras, warning signs for wrong-way drivers and advisories for right-way drivers along a 15-mile stretch of I-17. In addition, the system will automatically focus highway cameras on the wrong-way vehicle and send automated alerts to the Highway Patrol, helping troopers intercept vehicles faster.
On freeway ramps, wrong-way vehicles will trigger alerts, including illuminated signs with flashing lights, aimed at getting drivers to stop. The system will immediately warn other drivers through overhead message boards as well as law enforcement. Cameras in the area will automatically turn to face the wrong-way vehicle so traffic operators can better track it. On the freeway, thermal cameras placed at one-mile intervals will signal when a wrong-way vehicle passes so State Troopers plan their response and get out in front of the wrong-way driver, providing a faster response.
More details are available in the full ADOT press release.
The City of Tempe has an opening for a Senior Civil Engineer.
Applications will be accepted through Monday, July 24, 2017.
Full details are available online.
Make sure you have this year’s ITS Arizona Annual Conference on your calendar for September 27-28 at the Mesa Convention Center.
The Call for Presentations deadline is just a few weeks away, on July 7th, and full details and the submission form are available online.
We would like to thank all of the sponsors and exhibitors who have already signed up for this year’s conference and encourage those who have not yet signed up to do so soon. Just a reminder that booth assignments will be made on a first-come first-served basis, with priority given to medal sponsors, so please consider upgrading your sponsorship level and your support of ITS Arizona. Contributions may also be made to the Student Sponsorship Fund to support registration for our student members.
- Platinum – Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc
- Silver – Eberle Design Inc/Reno A&E
- Gold – Clark Transportation Solutions
- Bronze – Advantech B+B SmartWorx; Iteris, Inc; Live Traffic Data LLC; Siemens Industry, Inc/RUGGEDCOM and Summit Traffic Solutions
- Lanyard Sponsor – Eberle Design Inc/Reno A&E
- Day 1 Lunch Sponsor – INRIX, Inc
- Day 1 Social Hour Sponsor – Cubic Transportation Systems
- Day 2 Breakfast Sponsors – AFL and AM Signal, Inc
- Day 2 Lunch Sponsor – Y S Mantri & Associates, LLC
- Advanced Traffic Products, Inc
- Advantech B+B SmartWorx
- AM Signal, Inc
- Clark Transportation Solutions
- CohuHD Costar
- Eberle Design Inc/Reno A&E
- GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc
- Iteris, Inc
- JTB Supply Company
- Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc
- L4 Technologies
- Live Traffic Data LLC
- MSI Tec
- Rhythm Engineering
- Siemens Industry, Inc/RUGGEDCOM
- Summit Traffic Solutions
- Wireless Technology, Inc
Arizona is in the midst of deploying Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPM) under AZTech, a transportation operations and management partnership of public agencies in the greater Phoenix area. AZTech, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), held a workshop on Thursday, June 8, 2017 to promote the use of ATSPM and exchange knowledge with local agencies. The workshop focused on:
- Providing and operating a centrally maintained ATSPM server for participating jurisdictions, thus eliminating the need for separate installations, which benefits resource-strained transportation agencies.
- Facilitating peer-to-peer training and knowledge exchange to promote the innovative use of ATSPM deployments by other states and local agencies.
The AZTech ATSPM project recently completed a pilot implementation phase, which deployed a central ATSPM server as part of the ITS Regional Archived Data System (RADS). The following seven jurisdictions in the greater Phoenix area participated in this initial deployment: ADOT, MCDOT, the Cities of Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tempe, and the Town of Gilbert.
In addition to the ATSPM system being supported by FHWA and others, an increasing number of companies in the private sector are implementing their own form of ATSPMs and were on hand to discuss their systems in detail. Presentations were made by EDI Systems, Iteris, Live Traffic Data, MioVision, Sensys Networks and Trafficware. Representatives from Utah DOT, Purdue University and the City of Overland Park, Kansas were also present to discuss their experience with ATSPMs.
ITS Arizona would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Clark Transportation Systems, HDR, Kimley-Horn, Lee Engineering and OZ Engineering for providing breakfast, lunch and beverages during the workshop.
For many years, ITS Arizona has sponsored an internship program to help provide on-the-job experience and mentoring to an aspiring professional in the transportation and technology disciplines. For 2017, ITS Arizona is partnering with the City of Glendale and will administer the program, including assistance with the selection and placement of the intern. Interested applicants who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree program with an engineering emphasis and an interest in transportation/traffic engineering are encouraged to apply. A complete description of the internship opportunity, requirements and application links are available on the City of Glendale’s website here: ITS Internship Program
In addition to responsibilities at the City of Glendale, the selected intern will be expected to fulfill the following commitments on behalf of ITSAZ:
- Attend and observe ITSAZ monthly Board Meetings
- Prepare and deliver an industry relevant presentation at an ITS Arizona event. A presentation abstract will be submitted to the ITS Arizona Board of Directors for approval.
Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPMs) are fueling a transformation in how transportation agencies approach the management, operations and maintenance of signalized intersections. A Transportation Pooled Fund Study led by Indiana DOT, facilitated the research and development of data collection and data analysis processes to extract High Resolution Data (HRD) using several different traffic signal controller platforms and detector configurations. Utah DOT developed Open Source software and led an AASHTO Innovation Initiative to share their software, knowledge and experience about active approaches to managing traffic signal infrastructure.
In addition to the UDOT Open Source software, several vendor led options have emerged to provide performance measurement solutions for agencies under a diverse range of organizational capability and infrastructure situations. The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) inclusion of ATSPMs in the Every Day Counts 4 Initiative, is catalyzing the transformation of traffic signal operations from traditional reactive, temporal and complaint based approaches to active, objectives and performance-based approaches. The outcome of shifting traffic signal operations from reactive to proactive is high quality traffic signal operations that are consistent with the needs of communities. ATSPMs empower agencies to provide signal operations that safer, promote greater mobility, reduce congestion and demonstrate fiscal responsibility.
The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 15th, 10-11:30AM MST and is the first in a series that will familiarize participants with the technical aspects of ATSPMs, how they fit into an objectives and performance-based management framework, and implementation options that fit a range of agency capability, and infrastructure situation.
Click here to register. More details are available online.