Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Why Intelligent Transportation Systems?
Smart cities, a rapidly expanding phenomenon, are rolling out Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) initiatives to improve quality and management of transportation as well as operational efficiencies and financial sustainability. The integration of technology into transportation systems has a substantial impact on all transportation methods for people and products.
What Has Changed?
Hyper-urbanization or the trend of more and more of the world’s population moving into cities creating dense cities, is a key driver affecting transportation challenges and the aggressive movement towards smart city and ITS. Today, nearly 54.5% of the world’s population lives in cities, and it’s expected to grow to 70% by 2050 as reported by UN DESA, 2015 and UN World Urbanization Prospects, The 2014 Revision. Other changes driving this shift are more vehicles, traffic, commuters, and limited space coupled with the growing number of smart devices in our technology driven world today. Codes, regulations, heightened safety, security, pollution, energy control, and the need for ITS to better support tourism and entertainment also greatly impact the need to integrate more technology into transportation. New technologies are expected and required for the integration of these newer applications:
- Traffic measurement & monitoring
- Variable weather management & reporting
- Security & surveillance systems
- Parking guidance & information
- Dynamic digital signs
- Automatic license plate recognition
- Traffic violation monitoring
- Road de-icing systems
- Wi-Fi access points, cameras, emergency call boxes, and LED lighting
Network Infrastructure Considerations
To accommodate new transportation applications today requires building hybrid networks using existing cabling and equipment while integrating new technology. Smart network requirements also include rapid, scalable connectivity, fast telecommunication provisions, and a network infrastructure with built-in security and safety. Building networks to support Internet of Things (IoT) and the ability to provide data and power simultaneously to edge devices in commercial and hardened environments must also be considered to address the growing number of remote edge devices such as security cameras or access readers. Other considerations include:
- Updated cameras to deliver more clarity, uptime, 360 view, and outdoor protection
- Increased bandwidth for more capacity and throughput
- More intelligent devices at the network edge (cross walks, intersections, parking ramps, street poles, street lamps, etc.)
- PoE+ and PoE++ switches and media converters to deliver data and power over network cabling
- Ethernet Extenders, Media Conversion and SFPs to address longer range of communication and connectivity
- Hardened products for harsh and outdoor environments
- Compact design to accommodate restricted space and high population and congestion
As with IoT, network professionals, integrators, and resellers need to address the growing movement of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and respond with ways to improve quality and management of transportation while maximizing return on investment. Are you ready? Consult with our networks experts today!
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