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Transportation Management Center Video Recording and Archiving Best General Practices



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2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Transportation Management Center Video Recording and Archiving Best General Practices

5. Report Date

March 2016

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Stephen Kuciemba, Kathleen Swindler

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Under contract to:

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02140

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-12-D-00048 T-5009

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report, March 2015 to March 2016

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Government Task Manager: Jimmy Chu

16. Abstract

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are an important tool for transportation agencies who rely on them for incident verification, response preparation, traffic management awareness, special events, weather conditions, and much more. In some instances, these agencies have considered recording all or some of the video feeds—and in many instances agencies are sharing video with other transportation and law enforcement agencies.

This report presents a cross section of how different agencies are addressing video recording and sharing topics—drawn from a literature review, online inquiry, interviews, and expert input. Since State and local regulatory, policy, operational, and fiscal environments differ (in some cases quite significantly) it is a challenge to identify one-size-fits-all best practices. Therefore this report presents best general practices for Transportation Management Center (TMC) leaders to consider and in some instances recognizes that several different practices might apply (specific to the needs of an agency or organization).

17. Key Words

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, Transportation Management Center (TMC), video, incident verification, response preparation, best practices

18. Distribution Statement

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