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Improving Transportation Systems Management and Operations – Capability Maturity Model Workshop White Paper – Systems and Technology

8. References

AASHTO TSM&O Guidance: Systems and Technology Dimension. AASHTO’s web-based TSM&O Guidance follows the six dimensions of TSM&O capability described in this white paper, including Systems and Technology. It is designed for transportation agency managers whose span of control relates to the operations and management of the roadway system, including policy makers and program managers for ITS and TSM&O at both the State and regional level. It incorporates insights from a review of the state of the practice in TSM&O among transportation agencies into a well-accepted change management framework that identifies doable steps toward mainstreaming TSM&O on a continuously improving basis. Specific guidance for systems and technology is cited here for advancing an agency currently at Level 1 to Level 2 within the CMM framework. Other level changes within the framework can be found on the AASHTO TSM&O Guidance web site.

Systems and Technology Guidance

The requirements for a regional architecture are defined by Part 940 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Justia U.S. Law and FHWA Rule/FTA Policy

Systems Engineering. A systems engineering analysis is required for ITS projects using Federal funding.

ITS Architecture. The FHWA Office of Operations ITS Architecture Implementation site with the guidance and resources necessary for implementing the Final Rule on Architecture and Standards Conformity (issued on January 8, 2001).

ITS Architecture Implementation Program

“National ITS Architecture.” Information about the committee to be formed to develop a regional architecture.

“Turbo Architecture: A Tool for Leveraging the National ITS Architecture”

“Introduction to the National ITS Architecture.” An on-line course that provides an introduction to the National ITS Architecture.

Applying a Regional ITS Architecture to Support Planning for Operations: A Primer, U.S. DOT. FHWA-HOP-12-001, February 2012.

Standards Implementation

In addition, standards are available for a broad range of ITS applications, communication, information exchange, databases etc. Standards are used for communication between a central computer and field equipment (traffic signals, dynamic message signs, highway advisory radio, etc.). Database standards are available to ensure that data are archived in a manner that will enhance the agency’s ability to share the information with other agencies and jurisdictions. It is essential that standards be integrated into the system development and acquisition program. Overview and detailed information on the entire range of ITS standards is available.

Managers need training that provides an overview of the standards framework and an appreciation of their benefits, while technical professionals involved with the specification, acquisition, and testing of standards require more detailed instruction. A listing of ITS standards and training is available.

U.S. DOT JPO ITS Professional Capacity Building Program/ Advancing ITS Education ePrimer. The ITS ePrimer educates transportation professionals about fundamental concepts and practices related to ITS technologies. This on-line resource can help practicing professionals and students better understand how ITS is integrated into the planning, design, deployment, and operations of surface transportation systems. See Module 2: Systems Engineering.

ITS ePrimer.

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