Experience the "VII Technology Showcase" at ITS America's 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition

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The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) will present the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) Technology Showcase from June 4-6, 2007 at ITS America's Annual Meeting & Exposition in Palm Springs, California. The VII Technology Showcase will be staged in the Prairie Schooner parking lot, just outside the Palm Springs Convention Center--a 30-second walk from the exhibit hall to approximately 100,000 square feet of live, outdoor vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside demonstrations!

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) will present the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) Technology Showcase from June 4-6, 2007 at ITS America's Annual Meeting & Exposition in Palm Springs, California. The VII Technology Showcase will be staged in the Prairie Schooner parking lot, just outside the Palm Springs Convention Center--a 30-second walk from the exhibit hall to approximately 100,000 square feet of live, outdoor vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside demonstrations.

Participants will meet some of the same companies that participated in the 12th World Congress' Innovative Mobility Showcase in San Francisco, including automakers, device manufacturers, and system integrators. Public and private partners from the host state will demonstrate elements of VII California. And new partners will join us to demonstrate the latest ITS has to offer in a unique hands-on setting.

A preliminary list of demonstrations includes:

Econolite and TechnoCom/Raytheon - A finalist in last year's Best of ITS Awards, the Intelligent Intersection demonstrations have continued to evolve over the past year and truly highlight the capabilities of technologies that speak to the roadside and directly to vehicles, through innovative wireless communication applications. These demonstrations will be presented in three formats, 1) VII at the intersection, 2) VII In-a- Suitcase" and 3) "VII On-the-Road", shown via the Econolite CamVan. Application demonstrations will include Traffic Signal Violation Warning, Public Safety Vehicle Priority Signal Activation, and In-Vehicle Signing.

  •     Traffic Signal Violation Warning. An "intelligent intersection" distributes instantaneous traffic signal information to nearby vehicles. The vehicle uses this data and vehicle position and speed to determine the risk of an unsafe passage through the intersection, and produces advisories when needed, cueing the driver to corrective actions and reducing the risk of intersection collisions.
  •     Public Safety Vehicle Priority Signal Activation. A Public Safety vehicle issues a request to the intersection for signal priority. The traffic signal state is changed if appropriate, allowing the vehicle fast, safe passage through the intersection.
  •     In Vehicle Signing. Dynamic road condition data is received from roadside equipment. Audible driver advisories are presented to the driver as the vehicle approaches an active work zone, avoiding a potentially dangerous situation.

InfoTek - InfoTek will demonstrate ILDA (Intelligent Loop Detection Applications) which use an intelligent wireless modem called the wizard. Inductive loops are installed in a truck lane and a small car lane, and InfoTek will demonstrate how to log into the wizard over the internet to monitor traffic in real-time and view database reports over the web.

VII California - The VII California Northern California test-bed demonstration is a dynamic, large-scale collaborative public-private partnership highlighting VII development, research and applications. This demonstration - including partners from Caltrans, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, University of California PATH, Telvent Farradyne and OEM laboratories DaimlerChrysler REDNA, Volkswagen ERL, Toyota InfoTechnology Center - is actually a remote video of VII in the ground on real roads and with real cars in Northern California. The video will be shown at participants' booths, as well as the VII California booth.

The demonstration will include CICAS-V and privately-developed cooperative signal violation information at two intersections, one directly connected to the controller and another "sniffed" on a legacy controller, traveler information with probes on freeways as well as arterials (on a real 511 system) and in-vehicle signage. These will be 'snapshots' of what is happening in VII California, underscoring real world accomplishments by a dynamic, creative team.

O.M.J.C. Signal Controller - O.M.J.C. Signal is a manufacturer of portable trailers for the ITS and traffic industry. Their trailers are designed as a stable, safe, platform for mounting traffic signal control and traffic monitoring equipment for temporary and emergency applications. In this demo, the signals will be used in conjunction with the Econolite/Technocom demos and the CALTRANS commercial vehicle demonstration.

Mark IV - As a pioneer in developing 5.9 GHz VII technology, Mark IV will demonstrate its state of the art hardware platform that enables most VII applications. Building on its successful OTTO™ platform Mark IV technology includes equipment necessary for RSU and RSE deployment for safety, payment and entertainment options.

Caltrans- The California Department of Transportation Technology Showcase will occupy the southern half of the Prairie Schooner parking lot, featuring a moving truck as it demonstrates the various systems. Shade tents will be provided with computers allowing attendees to view the results of the active displays they see behind the barrier. A traffic camera mounted on a light pole will transmit images of the parking lot to the tent and to the Caltrans Booth in the Exposition Hall so visitors can view parking lot activities.

  •     FMCSA Truck Onboard Monitoring System - A Freightliner Century Class truck and trailer will drive the local area for about 10 to 12 minutes collecting data. On returning from driving the local area the truck would enter the "safe lane" and accelerate smoothly to 10 MPH. The truck would cross the Portable Virtual Weigh Station (see below), and then decelerate to a stop. Data from the Onboard Monitoring System will be sent to the Exposition Hall booth to be displayed and analyzed. This display will also be duplicated under the shade tent beside the safe lane. The truck will then leave the parking lot display area, drive around for 10 to 12 minutes to collect new data, and return to repeat the cycle.
  •     Portable Virtual Weight Station - Caltrans and International Road Dynamics (IRD), our Weigh-in-Motion vendor for California will demonstrate a portable Virtual Weigh Station (VWS) in the parking lot. The VWS captures data from the moving truck and transmits it to the Exposition Hall and to the Shade tent via the Internet. The VWS captures typical Weigh-in-Motion data (including weight of each axle, speed, number of axles and axle spacing, and truck length). The system then calculates the truck classification and displays actual axle weights along with allowable axle weights for that truck classification. This system also captures front and right side images of the truck and extracts the license number as a data field. The data is assembled into a web page and is available for display. Overweight conditions are flagged and shown by the system.
  •     First Responder - After the truck crosses the Virtual Weigh Station, it will stop. At this time, the truck will be scripted to have been involved in an "incident", and the first responder team will "appear on scene" and gather data. The data will be transmitted to the "TMC" located in the Exhibit Hall booth and appropriate "Emergency Services" would be dispatched. Data is transmitted using cellphone technology. When the system is used in rural areas lacking cellphone service, a satellite connection can be used. The data sent including the GPS location and digital pictures will be available to discuss and display in the Exposition Hall. The same data could be made available in the shade tent adjacent to the location where the "truck incident" is being reported.

The VII Technology Showcase will operate during the same hours as the Exhibit Hall. This is the only time in 2007 that you'll have the unique opportunity to experience the best of both worlds -- the convenience and breadth of our exhibition hall and the hands-on excitement of the outdoor demonstrations! For the latest information on the VII Technology Showcase partners, visit http://www.itsa.org/amviishowcase.html.

About the Intelligent Transportation Society of America

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is the leading advocate for ITS development and deployment in the United States. ITS America was established in 1991 as a not-for-profit organization to foster the use of advanced technologies in surface transportation systems. Members include corporations, public interest groups, universities and research laboratories, and government agencies at all levels. ITS America works closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of the National ITS Program and serves as an invaluable resource to its members in the areas of technology, domestic public policy, international relations, and business development. For more information, visit http://www.itsa.org.

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