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Journal Article

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operations - traffic, infrastructure - vehicle, infrastructure - bus/tram lane, planning - signage/information, planning - standards, ridership - commuting, organisation - management, technology - intelligent transport systems, mode - mass transit


WIM, Weigh in motion, Variable message signs, Transit, Traffic surveillance, Traffic signal controllers, Traffic monitoring, Systems engineering, System engineering, Standards, Software, RWIS, RTI, Road weather information systems, Road transport informatics, Ramp metering, Ramp control, Public transit, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Mass transit, Local transit, Lane use control signals, IVHS, ITS program technologies, ITS program applications, ITS (Intelligent transportation systems), Intelligent vehicle highway systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Incident management, Highway advisory radio, Hardware (Computers), HAR, Freeflow tolling, ETTM, Electronic traffic controls, Electronic toll collection, Electronic toll and traffic management, Electronic computers, Dynamic message signs, CVO, Controllers (Traffic signal control equipment), Computers, Computer network protocols, Communications, Commercial vehicle operations, Closed circuit television, Changeable message signs, CCTV, AVI, Automatic vehicle identification, Automated toll collection, ATT, ATIS, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Advanced traveler information systems, Advanced Transportation Controller, Advanced transport telematics, Access management (highways), Access control (Transportation), AASHTO


The Advanced Transportation Controller (ATC) is being developed to provide an open-architecture hardware and software platform for a wide variety of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) applications. In this context, the words "open architecture" mean that the system will include both public- and private-sector developers and have modular software cooperatively running on standardized and shared modular-hardware platforms. This will provide cost-effective ITS functionality for a wide variety of applications. It is anticipated that ATC will be configurable to serve at least the following applications: traffic signal, traffic surveillance, transit, communications, field masters, ramp meter, variable message signs, general ITS beacons, closed-circuit television cameras, roadway weather information systems, weigh-in motion, irrigation control, lane-use signals, highway rail intersections, speed monitoring, incident management, highway advisory radio, freeway lane control, electronic toll collection, automatic vehicle identification, high-occupancy vehicle systems, violations, access control, traveler information, and commercial vehicle operations. To accomplish this goal, the system needs to provide the maximum flexibility for many different system configurations and installations. The purpose of this ITS standards update is to acquaint the traffic and transportation professional with an overview of the work done to date (Spring 2000) by the Joint Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)/American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)/National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Committee on the ATC.