Systems Engineering Development & Integration

Our Systems Engineering Development and Integration program advances rural transportation with its research on integrating hardware, software and communication systems into rural transportation systems. We analyze, engineer and develop solutions by utilizing numerous technologies such as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

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6 Projects

Professional Capacity Building for Communications Systems Phase 4

Started December, 2016

The purpose of this project is to continue WTI’s work with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to determine the detailed content of prospective courses for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) engineers at Caltrans, identify suitable contractors to deliver the courses, and evaluate the courses.. .

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Weathershare, Phase 4

Started March, 2016

The goal of WeatherShare Phase 4 is to continue to develop the WeatherShare prototype system to match the needs of Caltrans maintenance and operations personnel in terms of combining functionality of WeatherShare, SCAN WebTM and SCAN SentryTM into a single, open system.. .

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California and Oregon Advanced Transportation System (COATS), Phase 6

Started June, 2014

COATS Phase 6 provided research and support activities to help California and Oregon achieve the COATS vision. These activities included: promoting technology transfer, investigating traveler information data quality, and evaluating the Fredonyer Pass icy curve warning system.
Technology transfer activities were centered on the growth and continuation of the annual Western States Forum. The evaluation of the Fredonyer Pass ICWS analyzed long-term speed and crash trends to establish true effectiveness of the system in terms of increased driver vigilance and reduced crashes

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Road Weather for QuickMap

Started April, 2014

The focus of this project was to develop, for display in QuickMap, weather layers similar to those shown in the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) One-Stop-Shop (OSS). Since layers in QuickMap were presented using Keyhole Markup Language (KML), it was desirable that these weather layers also be presented via KML so that they would be be readily usable. The relevant current weather layers in the WSRTC OSS were: Air Temperature, Relative Humidity, 1 Hour Precipitation, 24 Hour Precipitation, Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service 24 Hour Precipitation, and Wind

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Weathershare, Phase 3

Started July, 2012

The objective of this project is to update the WeatherShare prototype system to match the needs of Caltrans maintenance and operations personnel.. .

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ROCS, Phase 4 – UTC

Started July, 2011

The objective of this fourth phase of the Roadkill Observation Collection System (ROCS) project will be to implement the PDA based version of ROCS from Phase 3 on a Google Android –based smart-phone.. .

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Winter Chemicals on Reducing Crashes in Idaho

Started April, 2011

This research was performed for the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to investigate the safety issues involved with winter maintenance and to identify the most cost-effective and environmentally sound ways of using winter chemicals. The results are summarized in detail in the final report. Through lab testing, it was determined that the performance difference between salt brines and solid salts was insignificant, but brines posed less risk to vehicles, infrastructure and the natural environment

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Integration of AWOS w/RWIS, Phase 2 – UTC

Started January, 2011

The focus of this project was the development of a prototype system that integrates weather data from aviation Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) and Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS) and surface transportation Roadside Weather Information System (RWIS), as well as surface and aloft weather forecasts alerts and warnings, satellite and radar imagery, roadside cameras and more. In addition to system development, the project team conducted a business case analysis, researched additional sources of relevant data, documented detailed system requirements, analyzed gaps in existing weather station coverage, and used three separate mechanisms to evaluate the system. Results of the evaluation and gap analysis are described in detail in the final report.

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Western States One-Stop Shop for Rural Traveler Information

Started September, 2010

Within this project, a website was developed to display Clarus ESS data, along with other information streams such as DOT Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) field elements, CCTV, planned and active closures, incidents, weather sensor readings from non-DOT sources, National Weather Service forecast information, etc. covering all of California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. The developed product displays weather information for this region in a manner that is easily accessed and understood by users

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Coordinated Speed Management Systems to Reduce Speed-Related Crashes on Rural Roadways: Augmented Speed Enforcement (ASE)

Started June, 2010

As described in the final report, the purpose of the augmented Speed Enforcement (aSE) project was to detect and warn speeding vehicles in a work zone and provide warnings to work zone workers. The system developed by Montana State University consists of 28 orange traffic drums (called smart drums or sDrums) that were positioned adjacent to the orange cones marking the work zone lane closure. When the system detects a speeding vehicle approaching, it synchronously flashes the orange lights on top of the drums, warning the driver to slow down and the workers of a speeding vehicle

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Automated Safety Warning System Controller, Phase II

Started April, 2010

As described in the final report, the controller developed and tested in phase 2 allows for remote access and administration via standard IP-based connections established through POTS dialup or direct connection to wired access points, but is not dependent on those connections for operation. In other words, the controller will remain locally
operable in the event that “outside” communication is unavailable for whatever reason. Even if a communication link to the outside is unavailable, the controller will continue to monitor and control its associated devices

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Modeling Effective, Efficient and Sustainable Emergency Medical Service System for Rural Areas – UTC

Started March, 2010

As described in the final report, This modeling approach developed through this project could be used to produce an optimized output (after iterations) which accounts for various factors which affect EMS service in a given area. In addition, the compartmentalized nature of the overall modeling approach would allow for different factors to be employed and changed on an individual basis yet still interact with others overall. Collectively, the individual models and the simulation would produce a number of outputs, including performance metrics, budget information, resource needs and allocations, and data to support GIS mapping, among other items.

This work also identified a series of potential barriers which could present challenges to the eventual implementation of a modeling approach based on the conceptual framework developed

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Automated Safety Warning System Controller, Phase 2 – UTC

Started January, 2010

As described in the final report, the controller developed and tested in phase 2 allows for remote access and administration via standard IP-based connections established through POTS dialup or direct connection to wired access points, but is not dependent on those connections for operation. In other words, the controller will remain locally operable in the event that “outside” communication is unavailable for whatever reason. Even if a communication link to the outside is unavailable, the controller will continue to monitor and control its associated devices

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RWIS Implementation Plan

Started December, 2008

The goal of this project is to document how the Alaska Department of Transportation developed and deployed its RWIS system, and to provide recommendations for its future use.. .

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Rural Traveler Information (One Stop Shop), Phase 1

Started September, 2008

The objective of this project is to put a variety of real-time information together in a single web-based location in a user-friendly format. This will provide travelers making a trip in or through rural areas access to current travel information on a route-specific basis, customized for a specific origin and destination, enabling drivers to travel more safely and with a minimum of delay..

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Portable TMC-TMS Communications Demonstration – UTC

Started March, 2008

The general goal of the project is to present to Caltrans/other DOT technical staff a number of new, viable alternatives for TMC-TMS communications in a (semi-) realistic, portable demonstration environment using real ITS equipment. The primary outcome of the project is the demonstration, with the system itself and associated documentation as related deliverables..

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Deploying Portable Traveler Information Systems

Started March, 2008

Provide expertise and support to the California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) on a project looking at deploying portable, remotely controlled, changeable message signs that provide real-time delay information at critical times and locations as part of an integrated advanced traveler information system (ATIS).. .

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WTI System Engineering and Integration of Transportation Technology Program (SEITTP) – UTC

Started November, 2007

This project is the second phase of the study examining the establishment of the WTI Systems Engineering and Integration of Transportation Technology Program (SEITTP). The purpose of this project is to address the decisions reached in the initial feasibility study conducted in Phase 1 and the development and status of the current systems engineering program area at WTI..

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PDA Data Collection Package

Started August, 2007

Develop hands-free electronic data collection and reporting equipment and procedures to replace hand-written methods for Emergency Relief for Federally Owned (ERFO) Roads Damage Site Reports (DSRs), bridge inspections and field surveys.. .

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Transportation Toolkit: United We Ride Project

Started August, 2007

Enhance the coordination/consolidation process to improve specialized and public transportation systems in Montana. This will be accomplished by surveying Transportation Advisory Committees (TACs) in the state to determine their needs and creating a set of tools to assist them with their processes, providing training events for stakeholders, and developing a system to manage communication among the agencies involved..

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MANETs for Rural Public Safety

Started March, 2007

The overall objective of this project is to enhance or develop a routing protocol for Mobile Ad-hoc Networks and conduct proof-of-concept demonstration of Mobile Ad-hoc Networks, as a method for enhancing wireless communications for law enforcement agencies in remote, rural locations.. .

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Advanced CMS

Started July, 2006

To develop a new standard and specification for Caltrans Changeable Message Signs (CMS), incorporating the advances in technology and communications over the last twenty years, while trying to ensure that the benefits of standardization, such as spare parts, training and volume purchase discounts, are achieved.. .

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Automated Safety Warning System Controller

Started July, 2006

WTI will conduct research to develop an “Automated Safety Warning System Controller” that will interface with roadside sensors and signs. The controller will collect automated data and apply best practice algorithms to analyze sensor data and actuate related warning messages and signals..

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Redding Responder, Phase 2

Started June, 2006

To evaluate and prepare for full corporate deployment of the Responder System, an at-scene incident information collection, sharing, and incident support information framework for remote rural areas.. .

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Weathershare, Phase 2

Started June, 2006

To evaluate and prepare for full corporate deployment of the WeatherShare system – a project to streamline and integrate available road weather data in the Northern California area into a single source easily accessible by incident responders and potentially the traveling public.. .

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Weathershare

Started May, 2003

The objective of this project is to streamline currently available weather data from Caltrans Roadway Weather Information Systems (RWIS) sites, National Weather Service sites, the U.S. Forest Service, and other sources available in the Redding area into one accessible source in a manner that is easily accessible by incident responders and potentially the traveling public..

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Transportation Research Applications and Instrumentation Laboratory (TRAIL)

Started October, 2002

The Western Transportation Institute’s Transportation Research, Applications and Instrumentation Laboratory (TRAIL) will demonstrate and evaluate various data acquisition, control systems, information delivery, and management systems in a small urban and rural environment. Systems will be deployed that relate to weather and winter mobility, highway infrastructure design and maintenance, wildlife and ecology, commercial vehicle operations, emergency medical services and public transportation. TRAIL will be developed and deployed in multiple phases with Phases 1 and 2 being deployed locally at Montana State University-Bozeman

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61 Projects

7 News Posts

Teachers Translate Transportation Research into Classroom Experiences

Posted on August 6th, 2018

At the West Region Transportation Workforce Center (WRTWC), the first Research Experience for Teachers in Innovative Transportation Systems (ITS-RET) program is well underway. Ten middle, high school, and community college faculty participants are conducting multidisciplinary transportation research for six weeks at Montana State University this summer. The research topic areas focus on the unique challenges of rural transportation systems and developing solutions to transportation challenges through innovation. View Full News Post »

One-Stop Shop Selected as Model for “Research Pays Off”

Posted on February 20th, 2018

Congratulations to the One-Stop Shop Traveler Information project, which was featured in the November/December 2017 issue of TR News Magazine, published by the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board. Caltrans Senior Transportation Engineer Sean Campbell and WTI Principal Investigator Doug Galarus authored the article, entitled “The One-Stop Shop: Traveler Information Tool for Multistate Road Trips,” which was selected for a three-page feature in the “Research Pays Off” section of the magazine. The One-Stop Shop application is an umbrella website that can be used as a primary point of reference for trip planning over an 11-state region. View Full News Post »

National Motorcycle Advisory Council Holds Kick-off Meeting

Posted on January 8th, 2018

The national Motorcycle Advisory Council (MAC), which provides guidance and recommendations to the USDOT Federal Highway Administration, held its first meeting in December 2017.  WTI Researcher Craig Shankwitz, who was invited to serve on the Council, gave a presentation on his research to develop a “smart license plate,”  which could enable vehicle to vehicle communications, such as safety messages regarding the presence and position of motorcycles on the road.  The MAC meeting was covered in detail in a feature article on the online blog Common Tread. View Full News Post »

WTI releases mobile version of Weathershare real-time traffic tool.

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Just in time for wintry holiday road trips over the river and through the woods, WTI has released a mobile version of the award-winning One-Stop Shop online traffic tool for travelers looking for up-to-the-minute information on weather and road conditions. Montana State University News Service released an extensive feature article on the project, which was highlighted on the MSU webpage last week, and has been picked up by several news organizations. You can read the article here, or try out the tool yourself at http://oss. View Full News Post »

Expansion of the One Stop Shop for Traveler Information

Posted on December 9th, 2016

The One Stop Shop for Traveler Information now includes Montana – and Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming! OSS has been providing travelers in California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada access to route-oriented, real-time and near real time weather and road information through a single website, and now the Rocky Mountain States have access to this valuable traveler tool. Developed in partnership by WTI and Caltrans, OSS won an International award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America for Best New Innovative Practice earlier this fall. Visit the OSS site at http://oss. View Full News Post »

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“One-Stop Shop” Website to Display Rural Traveler Information Across Four State Region

Posted on April 29th, 2011

(Article from April 2011 eNews) Real-time weather information is a valuable resource for highway travelers making long distance trips, especially when they are faced with snow, ice or other challenging driving conditions. While there is plenty of weather and road information available on the Internet, it can be scattered over numerous websites, especially if a traveler’s route crosses over a state line. Researchers at WTI have conducted several projects for Caltrans over the last few years to create traveler information tools that gather weather and road data from multiple sources and display it on a single, user-friendly website. View Full News Post »

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