WSRTTIF Update - December 17th, 2013


UPDATE: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Save the Date! The 9th annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum is scheduled for June 17-19, 2014, in Yreka, California. The Call for Abstracts has just been sent out and we are seeking presentations and live demonstrations on actual rural ITS projects and applications. A speaker who could discuss and/or demonstrate a project implemented or improved because of attendance at a past Forum is particularly encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2014 Forum.

ITS Engineer Keith Koeppen demonstrates the features of the CCTV Image Relay at the 2013 Forum.

Photo by Jeff Worthington

At the 2013 Forum, Martha Styer and Kai Leung discuss solutions being developed to detect bicycle and motorcycles at traffic signals.

Photo by Jeff Worthington

The Forum presentations and demonstrations are very technical, detailed reviews of how ITS projects work, or didn’t work. A wide variety of topics related to ITS design and engineering in rural areas can be discussed, such as:

  • 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)
At the 2013 Forum, Phil Graham presents the Automated Wind Warning System in Caltrans District 9 and describes the design considerations, system components, and challenges associated with deploying the system.

Photo by Jeff Worthington

The topics presented at previous Forums have been very diverse with speakers coming from multiple state DOTs, universities, and other transportation related offices. Here is a brief list of previous Forum presentations to give you a better understanding of the content discussed at the Forum:

Equipment on display for demonstrations and speaker presentations at the 2013 Forum.

Photo by Jeff Worthington

At the 2012 Forum, Nevada DOT gave a live demonstration using one of their ITS Hotspot Trailers deployed in the parking lot.

Photo by Leann Koon

At the 2012 Forum, Ian Turnbull shows a detailed block diagram as he explains the technical architecture behind Caltrans District 2’s Rural TMC in Redding.

Photo by Doug Galarus

John Batarseh, CHP, demonstrates their Rapid Response Vehicle at the 2012 Forum.

Photo by Leann Koon

To get a feel for the depth and breadth of technical content expected for the Western States Forum, visit the Forum website at

If you are involved with a rural ITS project you think would be of interest to other technology practitioners, we would encourage you to consider submitting an abstract for presentation and/or demonstration at the 2014 Forum. For more information about the Forum and instructions on how to submit an abstract, please go to the Call for Abstracts page on the Forum website. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday, January 24, 2014.