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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.

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

 

New Website Helps Local Communities Prepare for Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program /CV Pilots Deployment Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced plans for several regional connected vehicle pilot projects in different parts of the U.S., and a new website has been established to help educate interested stakeholders about this potential opportunity. The USDOT plans to release a request for proposals for the pilot program in early 2015. These pilots will serve as initial implementations of connected vehicle technology deployed in real-world settings with the aim of delivering near-term safety, mobility, and environmental benefits to the public. Details about the program can be found at http://www.its.dot.gov/pilots.

The new website includes the following: the latest news about the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program; a downloadable fact sheet; examples of how local communities can participate in the pilot program; a list of proposed applications; a high-level roadmap outlining how the program will be rolled out; and a proposed program schedule. Visit USDOT ITS Joint Program Office for more information.

 

President Obama Tours Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Ctr./Speaks on V2V-V2I

Via Augusta Free Press and ITS news release

President Barack Obama visited FHWA’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA last week where he was given a tour of the research and testing facility and delivered remarks on the importance of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure  communication technology. ITS America also toured the facility alongside the President. Partial remarks by President Obama–visit Augusta Free Press for full transcript.

“As the father of a daughter who just turned 16, any new technology that makes driving safer is important to me.  And new technology that makes driving smarter is good for the economy.  One study shows that Americans spend 5.5 billion hours stuck in traffic each year, which costs us $120 billion in wasted time and gas – that’s 800 bucks per commuter.  Then you’ve got outdated roads and bridges that mean businesses pay an extra $27 billion in freight costs, which are then passed on to consumers.  So, all told, transportation eats up more of the typical family’s household budget than anything except the rent or a mortgage – which means that the cutting-edge research that all of you are doing here helps save lives and save money, and leads to new jobs and new technologies and new industries. And that’s why America has to invest more in the kind of job-creating research and development that you’re doing right here at the Highway Research Center.” ITS America also distributed a news release on the event.