T3 Webinar Overview

Transportation Management Centers Streaming Video Sharing and Distribution

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program invites you to an upcoming Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar.

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost: All T3 and T3e webinars are free of charge.
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The Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) and T3e Webinars are brought to you by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). References in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. DOT.


Background

It is common practice for Transportation Management Centers (TMCs) to share video information with the public. Sharing video information enhances the communication of current traffic conditions, aiding travelers in planning their trip times, routes, and travel mode using the latest available information. TMCs also share streaming traffic camera video with other public agencies. In particular, sharing video with public safety agencies and traffic incident responders adds value to incident response and helps build relationships with parties involved in traffic incident management.

The webinar summarizes research from the TMC Pooled Fund Study project, Transportation Management Centers Streaming Video Sharing and Distribution. The purpose of this project is to synthesize current practice and identify recommendations for transportation management agencies to share live, streaming traffic camera video with the public, other agencies (particularly public safety agencies), trusted partners, and the news media. More details will be available in the upcoming report to be released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) soon.

During the webinar, representatives from the Tennessee DOT will discuss how the agency shares video streams with local agencies, adjacent states, emergency responder partners, and media outlets. Presenters will describe the video sharing program including the necessary coordination, agreements, and Information Technology infrastructure.

The Maryland Department of Transportation presenter will discuss closed-circuit television (CCTV) streaming video sharing and distribution in Maryland and the National Capital Region. The presenter will describe past efforts and how today they are one of almost 200 partners in a 13,000+ shared homeland security CCTV network.

Target Audience

The audiences for this webinar are TMC managers, their public sector partners, emergency responders, and other transportation professionals interested in streaming video sharing and distribution.

Learning Objectives

The project will provide guidelines to assist TMCs in planning, implementing, or improving sharing and distribution of streaming traffic camera video to the public, other agencies, trusted partners, and news media.

The project will also identify and discuss similarities and differences among agencies who share streaming traffic camera video to various users in the following aspects: technology, communications employed, and operations.

Agencies’ experiences, challenges, lessons learned, and general practice recommendations shall be identified.

Host

Jimmy Chu, Transportation Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Jimmy Chu Mr. Jimmy Chu is a Transportation Specialist on the Traveler Information Management Team at FHWA in Washington, D.C. In this position, Mr. Chu oversees the Travel Time on the Dynamic Message Signs program. He also manages the TMC Pooled-Fund Study. He provides technical support to State agencies relating to traveler information programs. Prior to joining FHWA, Mr. Chu worked at the Virginia Department of Transportation for 25 years and was the manager of the TMC in Northern Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Presenters

Elizabeth Birriel, PE, PTOE, Transportation Deputy Program Manager, Liedos
Elizabeth Birriel Currently serving as the Leidos Operations Deputy Program Manager, Ms. Elizabeth Birriel has 26 years of experience in the transportation industry. Prior to working for Leidos, she worked for the Florida Department of Transportation. For 11 of those years, she was the Deputy State Traffic Operations Engineer, managing the Florida ITS Program, and a member of the TMC Pooled Fund Group.

Shari Hilliard, ITS Engineer, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT)
Shari Hilliard Ms. Shari Hilliard has worked for KDOT since 2005. She managed the first statewide ITS deployments for KDOT, the Wichita Traffic Management Center deployment, and continues to manage ITS construction projects, maintenance and operations support contracts, and operations of the statewide TMC. Prior to joining KDOT, she worked in electric utility planning and demand forecasting. Ms. Hilliard has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Kansas State University.

Michael Pack, Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) Laboratory, University of Maryland
Michael Pack Mr. Michael Pack works to improve transportation operations, planning, and research through information visualization and dissemination. He has previously worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Analysis and the University of Virginia’s Smart Travel Laboratory.

Lee Smith, Assistant Director of Traffic Operations Division, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
Lee Smith Mr. Lee Smith is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, has over 21 years of experience as a civil engineer, and over 13 years of experience specific to traffic operations. Lee served as the traffic engineer for the City of Pensacola, FL. While working at the Florida DOT, he served in the role of Transportation Systems Management and Operations/ITS Program Manager for District 3, which covers the Northwest Florida region. In his most recent work as a consultant, he developed TDOT’s statewide guidance for Dedicated Short Range Communication, which will be used in future traffic signal and ITS projects to support connected vehicle technologies. In his role in the Traffic Operations Division, he is involved in all aspects of division activities and helps to usher in advancements in the proactive management of Tennessee’s transportation system.

John Hall, Motorist Information Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation
John Hall A graduate of Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, Mr. John Hall is a 25-year veteran of radio broadcasting in Memphis and Nashville, including ten years as the Director of Operations at the Nashville Office of Metro Networks. Employed by Tennessee since 2004, John’s duties include heading up TDOT’s 511, Twitter, and video-sharing efforts, as well as distributing traffic and travel information to the public and media outlets across the state.

Rick Dye, Statewide Systems Administrator, Advanced Transportation Management, Emergency Operations Reporting and Lane Closure Permitting Systems, Maryland Department of Transportation
Rick Dye Mr. Rick Dye is responsible for design, build, operation, and maintenance of the software and network connecting over 80 different operations centers for over 36 agencies. Rick served in a similar statewide role in Colorado and a metropolitan system in San Antonio, TX. Previously, Rick was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Commander in the United States Air Force and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences from Florida State University.

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