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Traffic Data Monitoring Partnerships with ITS Operations
State DOT highway travel monitoring programs are
continually seeking consistent quality traffic data sources that can be
integrated into their business model. There have been many new advances and a
very rapid deployment of ITS systems which are being used to monitor and
maintain a safe and operationally efficient transportation network in
real-time. Since these systems are used
for day-to-day operations, they are very well maintained and monitored.
objective of this study is to learn how technology integrations between the ITS
community and the traffic monitoring community have removed barriers and how
the partnerships have addressed data quality concerns. The study should provide the monitoring
community a better understanding of how the partnerships are providing improved
coordination and creating resource efficiencies while reducing their individual
system program reach.
Travel monitoring programs
are seeking to expand their use of the data collected by ITS operations while
sharing their systems data with ITS operations.
The Federal Highway
Administration’s 2013 Traffic Monitoring
Guidebook has placed an emphasis on the coordination between traffic
monitoring programs and traffic operations programs. In Chapter 5 of the guide,
it suggests coordination mechanisms and provides five case studies documenting
existing or previous partnerships.
The guide highlights four
areas where there are coordination opportunities. They included:
the traffic sensor”- some non-intrusive
sensors offer on-device data storage and the ability to bin and store the
collected information into separated groups
roadside cabinet- some equipment vendors offer controllers or traffic counters
that can collect and interact real time while storing binned data
the transportation management centers (TMC)”- data gathered at center can be
post processed and summarized into aggregated data
equipment location only” –Mutually agreeable equipment locations for monitoring
to share and save on construction, power, and communications costs.
the Monitoring Guide offer suggestions about coordination options, there is not
much information on the management of the data and the cost savings brought
about by the coordination. Agencies tend to focus on their primary purpose and
seldom collaborate across program objectives.
study should address the following questions:
How much can dual-purpose ITS/TM sites (traffic operations
and traffic monitoring or historical reporting) improve efficiency and lower
How do ITS/TM sites vary with respect to site selection,
installation, maintenance, and operations and how do these variances affect the
reliability and shelf-life/up-time of a site?
How does co-locating and co-funding a site leverage a
transportation agency’s resources?
What aspects of asset and performance management relate to
installing ITS/TM sites and how does this impact a transportation agency’s
operations, maintenance, and traffic data reporting activities?
Are there any financial, staff resources, and site quality
implications to installing ITS/TM sites?
What is the current state of practice for installing ITS/TM
sites across transportation agencies?
How is data quality managed and quantified?
What resources within a transportation organization
determine how sites are qualified for dual purposes?
How is it determined when there are dual purpose uses?
|Sponsoring Committee:||ABJ35, Highway Traffic Monitoring
|Research Period:||12 - 24 months|
|RNS Developer:||Shaun Turner, Lawrence Whiteside|
|Index Terms:||Traffic data, Traffic surveillance, Partnerships, Intelligent transportation systems, Automatic data collection systems, |
Administration and Management|
Data and Information Technology
Operations and Traffic Management
Planning and Forecasting
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