TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS EVENT

2024 Event Information

Join us for virtual technical sessions on May 22, 2024 brought to you in partnership with our industry partners. There will be three 30-minute sessions throughout the afternoon with 2 presentations during the first 2 sessions in separate breakout rooms followed by a panel session in the main event room. The goal of these sessions is to provide attendees:

  • Solutions for transportation issues and their applicability to our local environment
  • Shared lessons learned
  • Information about existing and new technology
  • Opportunities to have technical questions answered by qualified representatives

The schedule for the event is as follows:

3:00 PMWelcome
3:10 PMSession 1 (Applied Information, TBA)
3:40 PMBreak
3:45 PMSession 2 (Carmanah, Ouster)
4:15 PMBreak
4:20 PM Session 3 – Panel Session (Econolite, Q-Free, Swarco McCain)
4:50 PMClosing Remarks
5:00 PM End of Event

Registration

Registration for this event is free for ITE members and agency members with a nominal fee for everyone else. When you register please select the appropriate category based on our ITE International membership and/or employer.

Registration Type Cost
ITE Members Free
Agency Employees Free
Other $10

Register for the event here.

Session Information

Sessions will be held concurrently using breakrooms.

SESSION 1 (3:10-3:40 pm)

Breakout Room 1
Project: TBA
Presenter: Applied Information

Description: Coming Soon

Breakout Room 2
Project: TBA
Presenter: BlueTOAD

Description: Coming Soon

   

SESSION 2

(3:45-4:15 pm)

Breakout Room 1
Project: Beyond the Midblock: RRFB crosswalk enhancements for slip lanes, roundabouts and uncontrolled intersections
Presenter: Jeremy Hancyk, Carmanah Technologies

Description:
Released late last year, the 11th Edition of the MUTCD makes great strides toward improving safety and accessibility for all road users. Beyond representing a fundamental shift away from personal responsibility and toward design that accommodates human error and vulnerability (i.e. the Safe System approach), the new document improves clarity in the planning and design process for several types of pedestrian infrastructure, including rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs), a highly effective and now ubiquitous feature at midblock crosswalks.

With RRFBs now officially included in the MUTCD, more agencies are looking to put the technology to use—and not just at midblock crosswalks. Agencies across North America have expressed interest in implementing RRFBs at channelized free-flow right-turn lanes, including those found at off/on ramps near state highway systems. Elsewhere, RRFBs have been used to successfully increase pedestrian visibility and yield compliance at roundabouts, T-intersections, and uncontrolled intersections.

This presentation, tailored to traffic engineers, covers some of the lesser-known but just-as-effective applications of the RRFB. Referencing the latest standards and guidance from the FHWA/MUTCD, we’ll discuss how and where RRFBs can be implemented to build safe, complete pedestrian networks, and offer suggestions for maximizing their effectiveness.

Breakout Room 2
Project: Data-driven approach to road safety and operation powered by Lidar technology and Artificial Intelligence
Presenter: Asad Lesani, Ouster

Description:
In an era marked by unprecedented advancements in technology, the fusion of Lidar and Artificial Intelligence has emerged as a beacon of hope for enhancing road safety and transforming traffic signal operations. By leveraging Lidar’s precise laser scanning capabilities and Artificial Intelligence, municipalities worldwide are embarking on a journey towards safer, more efficient roadways.
At the heart of this innovative approach lies the ability to gather real-time, high-resolution data of road users’ movements, including pedestrians and cyclists.

Lidar’s ability to generate detailed 3D representations of the infrastructure in different weather and lighting conditions enables traffic management systems to detect and predict potential hazards accurately, allowing for proactive intervention and accident prevention.
Beyond reactive measures, this integrated approach empowers authorities to implement proactive safety measures, such as early identification of accident-prone zones and facilitating targeted interventions to mitigate potential risks before they escalate.
In essence, Ouster’s Digital Lidar technology powered by our AI-powered software solution heralds a new era in road safety and traffic management,

Ouster’s Bluecity is a turnkey solution that provides all hardware and software components to enable cities with data-driven insights, and predictive analytics to pave the way for safer, more resilient transportation networks.

   

SESSION 3

(4:20-4:50 pm)

Main Session Room
Project: Future of Traffic Signal Controllers
Moderator: Cathy Leong, Wilson Okamoto Corporation, Hawaii Section Administrator
Panel:
Dustin DeVoe (Vice President Controllers Product Management, Econolite), Patrick Marnell (Director of Product Management, Q-Free), Tom Stiles (Vice President Traffic Systems Engineering, Swarco McCain)

Description:
Traffic signal controllers have come a long way since they were first implemented in the 1920s using automatic timers. Controllers now use microprocessor-based signal control equipment and are installed at more than 300,000 intersections. The new controller standard, Advanced Traffic Controllers (ATC), is an open standard platform that combines the best attributes of previous standards with emerging ideas and technology – Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI), adaptive signal timing, ramp metering, transit systems, and weigh-in-motion applications. This panel session will feature experts from three of the leading North American traffic signal controller manufacturers who will discuss what standardized improvements they see coming and what they hope to see in our industries future.