Communications and Power Improvements for Rural ITS Field Devices (Showcase Evaluation #10)

This evaluation project documents case studies of innovative solution for addressing the communications and power needs of ITS field devices to be deployed in the rural environment. The COATS project sought to bring the capability of ITS to bear on addressing transportation problems in a bi-state rural area. Intelligent transportation systems use advanced computer, electronics and communications technologies to improve the operation of the surface transportation system. These technologies are most effective when supported by an integrated contiguous communications and power infrastructure. In fact, it is often true that the capabilities of ITS are limited by the availability of supporting infrastructure rather than electronics or computational capability. Many rural areas often lack an integrated communications or power infrastructure that could support the deployment of ITS. Communications (both wireline and wireless) and power infrastructure are generally provided by private-sector firms, which invest in new infrastructure according to their firm's best interests. Agencies interested in deploying ITS field elements like kiosks, closed-circuit television cameras, road weather information systems (RWIS), variable message signs and others will exploit this infrastructure to the extent possible. Where the requirements associated with a specific ITS field element differ from that which is supportable by the existing infrastructure, agencies will typically be forced to improvise a solution. As agencies deploy more technologies in rural areas that are isolated from the communications infrastructure or the power grid, there may be a rich repository of experience that can help to guide future deployment. By building upon the lessons of past deployments, the reliability and effectiveness of future ITS deployments may be significantly improved.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Western Transportation Institute

    Montana State University
    P.O. Box 174250
    Bozeman, MT  United States  59717-4250
  • Performing Organizations:

    Western Transportation Institute

    Montana State University
    P.O. Box 174250
    Bozeman, MT  United States  59717-4250
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kamyab, Ali

    Strong, Chris

  • Start Date: 20020401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20031231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 10077

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463094
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Western Transportation Institute
  • Contract Numbers: 426324
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:16PM