WSRTTIF Update - January 3rd, 2011


UPDATE: Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Save the Date! The 2011 Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum is scheduled for June 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2011, in Yreka, California.  The Call for Abstracts has gone out and we are looking for speakers who will give presentations or demonstrations about actual rural ITS projects and applications (not research or proposed projects).  This year, in addition to the initial solicitation, we are also making a special request for speakers to discuss and/or demonstrate a project implemented or improved because of participation in a past Forum.

Presentations or demonstrations can cover a variety of topic areas related to ITS design and engineering in rural areas. Some examples are:

  • Design, engineering and installation of rural ITS field applications, such as warning and safety systems
  • Design, installation, calibration and evaluation of roadside traffic detection equipment (loop or non-intrusive)
  • Applications of microwave, radio, cellular, 802.11 WiFi and/or WiMax communications
  • Custom IT application development
  • Innovative applications of commercial IT applications (e.g., Google Earth™)
  • Lessons learned with application and development of standards and specifications (e.g., NTCIP, DOT specifications)

Presentations have covered many different ITS topics since the Forum began in 2006. Here is a short list to give you an idea of what kind of presentations have been done in the past:

  • A Tale of Two RWISs (RWIS Trials and Tribulations)
  • Caltrans WeatherShare System: A Look at Design, Development, and Usability
  • Field Experiments with Bluetooth Sensors
  • Ground System Design and its Role in ITS
  • Microwave Communications for Rural ITS Applications
  • Run-Away Truck Escape Ramp: A Trucker’s Safety Net
  • Washington DOT Field Tests of Wireless and Microwave Vehicle Detection Systems
  • Weather Warning Systems in Oregon and Region 5 Interstate Access Gates

To review the full list of presentations from previous Forums, go to the Forum website at You can also review many of the presentations themselves to get a feel for the depth and breadth of technical content expected for the Western States Forum.

If you are involved with a project you feel would be of interest to other technology practitioners, consider submitting an abstract for presentation and/or demonstration at the 2011 Forum. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 21, 2011.