A Look Inside Intelligent Transportation Systems

The trend toward intelligent transportation systems (ITS) is rising. Cities all over the world are building new roads, bridges and tunnels using ITS, which are addressing some major transportation hurdles and challenges. This could change how the construction industry does business.

ITS is classified into different categories including traffic management, public transportation, maintenance and construction management, among others. However, there are a number of different hurdles that need to be addressed first before the technology becomes more common.

Challenges Addressed

ITS implementation is costly. This is due to a number of factors, including that different technologies, platforms, and systems need to integrate into a single platform. Additionally, connectivity and cybersecurity need to be considered.

Frost & Sullivan and ISBAK  offer new tips in a report about policies, implementation methods, best practices and challenges, giving a look at how other cities are addressing the challenges.

A Global Perspective

A number of cities across the globe use a variety of different solutions to use existing roadways and reduce congestion and emission efficiently.

For example, New York City is upgrading is existing intelligent traffic signal infrastructure to a more advanced system that uses radio-frequency identification readers and cameras that are used to transmit real-time information to a traffic management center.

As another instance, Istanbul is using different ITS components such as cameras, traffic enforcement systems, detectors and Bluetooth sensors. This improves traffic by controlling signals and real-time intervention.

While these are just a few examples, the use of intelligent transportation systems is growing, and it is changing the way construction operators perform work at the job site.

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