Via ITE Journal
Traffic operations goals are largely the same no matter which state or city you are from. We all want to reduce congestion, increase safety, and mitigate the occurrence, severity, and impacts of incidents and events. These are lofty but attainable goals that require a tremendous amount of situational awareness if an agency has any hope of success. This means an agency needs to have complete and total knowledge about the weather, where incidents are occurring, where speeds and volumes are changing, what routes people are taking, and more. Getting real-time, reliable data for all of these things on EVERY road is too difficult, expensive, and otherwise unattainable with traditional intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies like cameras and sensors.
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