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Raising Awareness of Artificial Intelligence for Transportation System Management and Operations
(February 13, 2020)

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Q. How important do you think is a data archive to viewing historical data by these AI applications? For AI-TMS, what is the size of your database and how many copies of the data do you have?

Gene Donaldson: I can’t give you a number on size, but one thing we are doing because of the size of the data and how many people want to access it, it’s now being used by our planners. The data is really being incorporated in all portions of how we do business in the department. We are working with Google right now on their cloud services and software. We have some of my development staff learning to use those tools and we are going to make that available internally and externally for people who want to access our data.

Q. What is being done to safeguard personal privacy now that functions (e.g. facial recognition) can be achieved through “any camera?”

Bob Sheehan: When we look at our scenarios, that is one area that we want to look at or consider. Privacy is a key part. Right now, that is a key factor we can see that is an important issue to look at. I cannot answer to any current efforts about policy or your policy related to that other than I think I know we consider it in our documentation.

Q. Is the data from AI-TMS available free of charge? And how do you access it?

Gene Donaldson: It’s all free. And Don has put up the link (https://tmc.deldot.gov/tmcx/app/partner/home/intro/welcome/welcome.html). If anybody has further questions, contact me.

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