MDOT is looking for ways to better manage its existing infrastructure in lieu of continuing to build and expand highway lane miles. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which combine computer and communications technology with real-time traffic management and information coordination, offer tremendous promise for improving the efficiency and safety of MDOT’s transportation network.
The ITS system consists of a network of strategically located traffic monitoring video cameras and a communication infrastructure designed to bring the streaming video data back to the Traffic Management Center where operators in Jackson (working 24/7), and in other locations, are able to monitor traffic incidents and issue traffic alerts to motorists through various outlets, such as the dynamic message boards (DMS), email accounts, Twitter, smart phone apps and postings at the mdottraffic.com website.
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What Are the Benefits of ITS?
ITS includes a wide array of applications, from advanced traffic signal operations to automated monitoring of traffic conditions to weather monitoring to disseminating real-time traveler information to the public in a variety of methods. The use of ITS applications have resulted in the following:
ITS deployment and operation will help to improve the quality of life in the state. It will promote a strong economy, help to attain environmental goals and support the efficient use of energy.