The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture for the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) Region is a roadmap for the integration of technology into the SNHPC transportation system during the next 10 years. The Architecture is a framework for the SNHPC region, rather than a system design or a plan for deployment, within which electronic information is organized. Based on the National ITS Architecture, which provides a framework for ITS planning and integration, SNHPC has developed the Architecture to cover all modes in the region. The Architecture exhibits a shared vision of how the systems will work together in the future, sharing information and resources to provide a safer, more efficient transportation system for travelers in the region.
Examples of ITS projects include, but are not limited to:
- Traffic signal interconnections;
- Transit signal priority systems;
- Traffic signal control software;
- Variable message signs;
- Closed-circuit television cameras;
- Traveler information systems;
- Electronic fare payment systems; and
- Automatic vehicle location systems.
ITS are designed to make better use of existing transportation infrastructure through improved system management and reliability at a fraction of the cost of conventional infrastructure expansion. Successful ITS deployment requires an approach to planning, implementation, and operations that emphasizes collaboration between relevant entities and compatibility of individual systems.