Intelligent Transportation Systems
  Updated 8:00 AM EST, February 27, 2009
  Applications Overview

How is the ITS Applications Overview Organized?

The ITS Applications Overview divides the range of ITS technologies into 16 broad categories, which are listed in Table 1.

Table 1: Classification Scheme Used by the ITS Applications Overview

Intelligent Infrastructure
Arterial Management
Freeway Management
Transit Management
Incident Management
Emergency Management
Electronic Payment & Pricing
Traveler Information
Information Management
Crash Prevention & Safety
Roadway Operations & Maintenance
Road Weather Management
Commercial Vehicle Operations
Intermodal Freight
Intelligent Vehicles
Collision Avoidance Systems
Driver Assistance Systems
Collision Notification Systems

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What information is available about ITS application areas?

The ITS Applications Overview integrates a number of information resources, providing access to a broad selection of information tied to a particular application area. For every application area selected, the website returns a questions page. This questions page provides a definition of the application area and then lists the following questions, clicking on any of which leads the user to information from different resources tied to the particular application area:
  • What are the benefits? The answer to this question is a list of benefits related to the application area, with links to the reports from which they were drawn, from the ITS Benefits Database..

  • What are the costs? The answer to this question is a list of cost information about the application area from the ITS Costs Database presented in both summary and detailed views.

  • How much is out there? The answer to this question is a table of deployment information for the application area provided in both summary and detailed views from the ITS Deployment Statistics Database.

  • What are the lessons learned? The answer to this question is a list of lessons learned gathered from other ITS projects related to the application area from the the ITS Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource..

  • What evaluation documents are available about this? Clicking on this question shows the user a list of evaluation-related documents from the ITS Joint Program Office's Electronic Document Library (EDL) website related to the ITS technology in question. The master database with all evaluation-related documents has about 600 entries. Most of these documents are reports that document the findings of evaluations sponsored by the ITS Joint Program Office. However, other useful documents are included as well, including results from state- and locally-funded evaluations. Many of these documents are also sources for entries in the ITS Benefits Database, ITS Costs Database and/or ITS Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource. The purpose of making these data available is to provide the user with a comprehensive literature review about the ITS technology being examined.

  • What are the related initiatives or other program activities? The answer to this question is a list of major ITS initiatives currently being undertaken by the ITS Joint Program Offices, as well as other U.S. DOT programs such as "rural ITS" or "transit". These lists are reviewed periodically to make sure that they are still current.

  • What resources are available? Clicking on this question taps in to the ITS/Operations Resource Guide, a comprehensive list of over 400 documents, videos, websites, training courses, software tools, and points-of-contact related to ITS and other innovative transportation operations strategies. The purpose of making these data available is to provide the user with the full array of resources related to the ITS technology in question: not just written documents, but also videos, websites, training courses and software tools.

  • Who at the U.S. DOT can I contact? Based on the points-of-contacts identified in the ITS/Operations Resource Guide, the ITS Applications Overview provides a list of key U.S. DOT contacts related to the application area in question. This list is shorter than the points-of-contact shown in the ITS/Operations Resource Guide, is more closely focused on the ITS technology is question, and is updated more frequently.

  • Have we missed anything? Clicking on this question enables the user to offer comments and suggestions on the ITS Applications Overview, as well as contribute data. Were there any questions that the Overview should have asked and answered, but didn't? Are there benefits, costs, deployment statistics, lessons learned, resources, points-of-contact, etc. that were not included, but should have been? All comments and suggestions are welcomed.

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How can I learn more about the ITS Applications Overview?

Training sessions on how to use the ITS Applications Overview and other ITS Joint Program Office-supported Knowledge Resources are presented at various venues and formats throughout the year. An archived presentation of one such training session from the T3 (Talking Technology and Transportation) series, sponsored by the ITS Joint Program Office, is available online.
For more information about the ITS Applications Overview, go to About This Site. For assistance in using the website, go to Help.

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