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In this course, an overview of ITS is conducted including its definition, benefits, infrastructure & applications, system architecture, evolution & developing trend of ITS, general implementation strategies, & detailed description to its 6 applications.

Course Outline

After participating in this seminar, you will be able to:
• Comprehend understanding to ITS in general
• Develop a systematic view about ITS including its definition, benefits, infrastructure and applications, system architecture of ITS
• General knowledge about all six ITS applications
• Deep understanding to four ITS applications (atms, atis, avcs, cvo)
• Understanding to what ITS applications can be implemented and how through case studies and group discussions


Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), formerly known as Intelligent Vehicle-Highway Systems (IVHS), provide the tools to help us address current surface transportation problems, as well as anticipate and address future demands through an intermodal, strategic approach to transportation. ITS apply current and emerging technologies in such fields as information processing, communications, control, and electronics to surface transportation needs. While ITS technologies alone cannot solve all of our transportation problems, they can enable us to rethink our approach to solutions, and make current activities more efficient and cost-effective. Effectively integrated and deployed, ITS technologies offer many benefits, including more efficient use of our infrastructure and energy resources, and significant improvements in safety, mobility, accessibility, and productivity. In this course, an overview of ITS is conducted including its definition, benefits, infrastructure and applications, system architecture, evolution and developing trend of ITS, general implementation strategies, and detailed description to its six applications. 


To gain a comprehensive view and understanding to ITS
To thoroughly examine the following 6 topics within ITS: ATMS, ATIS, AVCS, and CVO, APTS, and ARTS
To discuss whether it is possible and how to implement ITS applications in your jurisdiction
Real-world examples will be provided for a better understanding of each topic

Who Should Attend

Transportation engineers and managers, directors and managers of trucking companies, city planners and engineers, individuals interested in ITS

Instructor: Ming Zhong, Ph.D., P.Eng., University of New Brunswick

Program Outline

Day I

8:00          Registration and Coffee

8:20          Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:30          Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems
               • How bad the roads are?
               • Solution-traditional vs. ITS
               • Definition of ITS
               • Examples of real-world ITS applications
               • Does ITS work? Benefit statistics
               • Building blocks of a metropolitan ITS
               • ITS user services

9:40          ITS Architecture and its Evolution and Trend Around the World
               • The role of ITS system architecture
               • US example of ITS national architecture
               • The evolution and trend of ITS around the world
               • General strategies in ITS implementation

10:40        Refreshments and Networking

11:00        Introduction to Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS)
               • ATMS system structure
               • Interaction between ATMS and external elements
               • ATMS application examples

12:30        Lunch

1:30          Group Discussions About How to Implement ATMS in your Jurisdiction

2:00          Refreshments and Networking

2:20          Introduction to Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS)
               • Functions of ATIS
               • ATIS applications
               • Technologies for ATIS
               • ATIS application examples

3:10          Introduction to Advanced Vehicle Control Systems (AVCS)
               • AVCS user services
               • Technological solutions
               • Human factor issues
               • Benefits of AVCS

4:00          Group Discussions about how to Implement ATIS and AVCS in your Jurisdiction

4:30          Adjournment

Day II

8:30          Introduction to Commercial Vehicle Operation (CVO)
               • Goals and capabilities of CVO
               • Typical functions of a CVO system
               • CVO development in US and Canada
               • Driver alertness management program and electronic data interchange

9:15           Introduction to Advanced Public Transportation Systems (APTS)
                • Four APTS services
                • Benefits of APTS
                • Application examples of APTS

10:00        Refreshments and Networking

10:20        Group Discussions about how to Implement AVCS and ARTS in your Jurisdiction 

10:50        Introduction to Advanced Rural Transportation Systems (ARTS)
                • The goals of ARTS
                • Critical program areas of ARTS
                • Benefits of ARTS
                • Examples of ARTS projects

12:00        Lunch

1:00          Other Related Services
                • Emergency
                • Electronic payment or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
                • Safety

1:40          Issues Related to ITS Implementation
                • Liability issues
                • Safety issues

2:20          Group Case Studies on Selected ITS Project/Service
                • Highway 401 compass system
                • San Francisco public transit information system
                • Weigh-in-motion system
                • Seattle ATIS-real-time monitoring of traffic congestion
                • WSDOT Traffic systems management center
                • Implementation of statewide traveler information system

4:30  Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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