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January Technical Workshop on the ATCC

The first ITS Arizona Technical Workshop of 2015 was a big success, with over 60 members in attendance at the Mesa Transportation Training Room on January 29th as Scott Evans, VP of Engineering for Eberle Design, Inc. gave an introduction to the Advanced Transportation Controller Cabinet (ATCC).  If you weren’t able to attend or just want to review the presentation again, it is available for download, along with a gallery of photos from the workshop.  Keep an eye out for the next Technical Workshop in April, which will be a joint meeting with Arizona ITE.ATCC


2015 Future Cities Award Winner

This year’s local Future Cities competition came to a close with students from throughout the state presenting their concepts to judges and their peers.  There were many imaginative concepts and several teams were deserving of our award this year, but unfortunately, only one could win.  The winner of ITS Arizona’s award this year for “Best Future Transportation System” was awarded to Desert Breeze Elementary in Avondale.  The name of their future City is Island of Elements.

2015 ITSAZ Future Cities Award


2015 Future Cities Winning Project



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:

  • USDOT Releases Plans for the Future of ITS
  • Vehicle Consumers Want Traffic and Parking Information
  • Consumer Electronics Show Focuses on Latest Vehicle Technology
  • Highway Bill Won’t Be Funded Through Gas Tax
  • Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems: 2015
  • Connected and Self-Driving Cars Take Center Stage at CES

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.