||Needs Assessment Summary Report and ITS Work Plan
- Review existing data such as ITS facilities, collision data, base mapping, pavement and bridge information;
- Design an outreach program to encourage active participation of the stakeholders and to provide educational information and opportunities for input and consensus building for stakeholders. The program consists of:
- Stakeholder interviews
- Stakeholder workshops
- Project website
- Identify and analyze available data for relevant needs (e.g., sections with high collision rates, RWIS facility locations, CMS locations);
- Confirm need for the proposed systems;
- Prepare and submit needs assessment report including documentation of preliminary concepts; and
- Formulate and submit a detailed work plan for the next two phases.
The Needs Assessment phase of the project was completed in January, 2003. The following is now available:
Preliminary ITS Blueprint Report
- Identify and review applicable best practices and technologies to address the needs identified in Phase 1;
- Undertake post-consultation assessment to address:
- Legacy systems and interoperability issues;
- Technological and physical requirements;
- Logical, physical and communication interfaces, namely, the architecture flows; and
- Applicable standards for the different subsystems and elements.
- Assess and address institutional and policy issues, including the need for marketing, public information and driver education strategies;
- Undertake a benefit and cost analysis to provide an indication of the potential worth of candidate ITS components;
- Undertake a risk analysis to identify the likelihood of the costs and benefits not being as expected and to identify technology risks;
- Analyze and address any other issues that are relevant to accomplishing the study objectives
- Arrange stakeholder workshops:
- Confirm the preliminary concept for the various proposed systems;
- Identify key elements of the systems such as functions, procedures, interconnections, technologies, etc.;
- Determine responsibilities and how they would be allocated among the various agencies; and
- Identify opportunities to integrate and coordinate functional / operational components of various agencies and systems.
- Formulate the necessary building blocks of a draft project architecture / framework for ATIS and ATMS on the study corridor;
- Identify "early winners", i.e., projects that can be deployed early in the program to address immediate needs and demonstrate the benefits of the program; and
- Develop and submit a preliminary ATIS and ATMS blueprint report describing the project architecture and a preliminary implementation strategy and staging.
The Preliminary ITS Blueprint Report phase of the project is now completed. The following is now available:
Final ITS Blueprint Report
- Prepare functional plans and specifications with list of equipment for the advanced deployment projects as input to Alberta Transportationís tendering process in facilitating their implementation within the time frame of this Study;
- Address special issues for select systems (e.g., identify suitable vendors and perform quality assurance testing only for equipment at existing sites, which are available, for RWIS);
- Identify phasing and staging requirements and other issues that need to be addressed in order to "bridge" existing conditions with the future vision;
- Prepare draft functional plans for each of the proposed systems and facilities for the immediate and long term horizons;
- Address specifications and other technology requirements for the various technologies involved (CMS, HAR, etc);
- Finalize and submit functional plans and study report; and
- Make final presentations.