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Technology - ITS

ITS traffic advisory signThe term "Intelligent Transportation Systems" refers to the use of information and communications technology to improve transportation safety, efficiency, and system performance. The organization "ITS America" provides these examples of ITS:

Advanced Traveler Information Systems deliver data directly to travelers, empowering them to make better choices about alternate routes or modes of transportation. When archived, this historical data provides transportation planners with accurate travel pattern information, optimizing the transportation planning process.

Advanced Traffic Management Systems employ a variety of relatively inexpensive detectors, cameras, and communication systems to monitor traffic, optimize signal timings on major arterials, and control the flow of traffic.

Incident Management Systems, for their part, provide traffic operators with the tools to allow quick and efficient response to accidents, hazardous spills, and other emergencies. Redundant communications systems link data collection points, transportation operations centers, and travel information portals into an integrated network that can be operated efficiently and "intelligently."

The ITS Strategic Deployment Plan known as The Connected Corridor serves as a shared vision by transportation agencies to more effectively plan, program, and operate the region's transportation system with operational strategies that leverage enabling technology. It includes the statewide and regional ITS architectures. The 2014 NJ ITS Turbo Architecture update file (.tbo) is provided here.

The NJTPA sponsors periodic workshops on the application of various technologies and offering public sector and private partners a chance to exchange their experience and expertise.