2018 Conference – Creating ITS Implementation Solutions for All Communities

The 2018 NRITS / ITS AZ Conference + Exhibit was held on October 21-25, 2018 at The We-Ko-Pa Conference Center in Scottsdale AZ. The conference was hosted by ITE and ITS AZ.

This year’s theme of the conference was Building Smart Infrastructure. More than 300 professionals attended the conference with ample opportunities for networking and learning from the professionals of the industry.

The conference began with a great keynote address from Mr. John Halikowski, Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation who shared ADOT’s strategic implementation of the advanced ITS technologies benefiting all Arizonans including the urban centers and rural areas.

The conference had six different pathways covering ITS technologies in Freight, Implementation, Management, Operations, Planning/Design and Safety. Two technical tours were organized to showcase Maricopa County DOT’s SmartDrive Test Bend in Anthem, Arizona and a tour of the Maricopa County DOT and Arizona DOT Traffic Management Centers. Workshops including Developing a plan for deploying a connected vehicle environment, National SPaT Challenge Workshop and Smart Work Zones.

ITS Arizona hosted a plenary session to celebrate ITS AZ’s 25th year anniversary. The board recognized all past Presidents and shared all the accomplishments in the region over the last 25 years, a culmination of public, private and academic collaboration.

We thank all sponsor and exhibitors in making this year’s joint conference a memorable one for all.  We look forward to continuing the trend at next year’s ITS Arizona 26th Annual Conference.


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Conference Program and Presentations

Final Conference Program

ITS AZ 25th Anniversary Celebration

  • Plenary Session Presentation

Day 1

Supporting Tourism and Special Events: Traveler Information, Parking and More…

Utilizing ITS for Rural Road Safety

Roundtable on Rural ITS

  • Strategic issues facing the development and implementation of ITS rural and small communities

When Cars Talk to the Road: Connected Vehicle and Infrastructure Applications

Technologies to Support More Efficient Emergency Response

Innovation, Tools and ITS Research

Addressing Rural Road Safety Using ITS Applications

Highway Automation: What Do You Plan For?

  • Understand the current trends in smart technology applied to transportation systems.

Urban | Rural and In Between: ITS Planning and Innovative Project Funding

Rural Traffic Incident and Emergency Response Strategies

Using Technology to Solve Tribal Transportation Issues

  • Understand the opportunities and limitation for applications of transportation technology on Native American lands.

Multi-modal Transportation Technology (Light Rail | Bus | Bicycles | Pedestrians | Commuter Rail) Part 1


Day 2

Rural and Small Community Traffic Management Technology — Traffic Signals and More Part 1

Multimodal Transportation Technology (Light Rail | Bus | Bicycles | Pedestrians | Commuter Rail) Part 2

What Gets Measured Gets Done: Performance Metrics

Connected Vehicle Technology Pilot Program Overview and Open Source Apps

Rural and Small Community Traffic Management Technology — Traffic Signals and More Part 2

Freight ITS in Rural Corridors

Big Data — All Communities Large and Small

Connected Vehicle Technology into State’s Traffic Management Center Daily Operations

Applications to Improve Reliability of Freeways and Arterial Operations

Using TSM&O to Successfully Integrate and Utilize Emerging Technologies: Panel Discussion of DOT Leaders

  • Approach of the transportation agencies to adopt transportation system management and operations as a departmental philosophy

Rural ITS Weather Applications (Snow, Ice, Fog, Flood and Dust) Part 1

Integrating Connected Vehicle Technology into State Operations

  • Various State DOT operations programs’ objectives and their plans to integrate connected vehicle technology into their statewide transportation system management and operations programs
  • Presentation


Day 3

Developing and Maintaining Public Sector Resources and Work Force

Rural ITS Weather Applications (Snow, Ice, Fog, Flood and Dust) Part 2

Next Generation ITS Technology Today

Talking to Each Other: Connected Vehicle and Infrastructure Applications


ITS Arizona Past Presidents

2019 Board of Directors Election Results

President – Ratna Korepella

Vice-President– Sanjay Paul

Secretary– Arnab Gupta

Treasurer–  David Lucas

Past President – Kim Carroll

Members-at-Large – Michelle Beckley, Jeff Jenq, Srini Goundla and Mike Sutton

Past Presidents’ Award Winners

Best ITS Implementation Project

ADOT Wrong-way Driver Mitigation Pilot

Arizona Department of Transportation

Best ITS Planning Project

MAG Systems Management & Operations Plan

Maricopa Association of Governments

Member of the Year


Graduate Student Paper Competition Winner

Christopher Aguilar, Northern Arizona University won for his paper titled

“Analysis of Factors Affecting the Frequency of Crashes on  Interstate Freeways by Vehicle Type and Severity Incorporating Weather Prediction Models”.