Intelligent Transportation Systems

Intelligent transportation system (ITS) is the application of sensing, analysis, control and communications technologies to ground transportation in order to improve safety, mobility and efficiency. ITS includes a wide range of applications that process and share information to ease congestion, improve traffic management, minimize environmental impact and increase the benefits of transportation to commercial users and the public in general.

Levels of Vehicle Autonomy
  Source: Society of Automotive Engineers

The SNHPC is required to maintain a regional ITS Architecture that provides a common framework for planning, defining, and integrating Intelligent Transportation Systems or “ITS”. The ITS architecture is a roadmap for transportation systems integration. This common framework architecture was developed through a cooperative effort by the region's transportation agencies, covering all modes and all roads in the region. It represents a shared vision of how the regional “Smart Cities” systems will work together in the future, sharing information and resources to provide a safer, more efficient, and more effective transportation system for travelers in the region. The architecture provides an overarching framework that spans all the region's transportation organizations and individual transportation projects. Using the architecture, each transportation project can be viewed as an element of the overall transportation system, providing visibility into the relationship between individual transportation projects and ways to cost-effectively build an integrated transportation system over time.