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3 Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Network Operations Print

Much of modern ITS technology was originally developed for controlling traffic signals in urban areas. Through continued development ITS applications now cover the entire road network as well as the whole range of transportation systems, including public transport, tolling and charging systems (ETC).

ITS provides a tool kit for transport network managers to use for increasing efficiency; improving safety; encouraging alternative modes and assisting with the management of roadway maintenance and construction. The overall relationship can be summarized as follows:

Network operations projects generally span several functions that are usually implemented together. The use of ITS in network operations has been discussed in Chapter 4 of the Road Network Operations Handbook “ITS Solutions” (see side menu on left)  and in the PIARC ITS Handbook (downloadable extract below).

In future, evaluating various ITS projects from a network operations perspective will become increasingly important. This chapter considers the rationale behind this trend, and looks at the necessary performance indicators in the three major aspects of ITS: safety, efficiency and environment. We also look at the non-technical aspects that appear in ITS. Their evaluation is becoming an increasingly significant issue, as important as the technical evaluation.

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Fact Sheet on Intelligent Transport Systems

Extract from PIARC ITS Handbook: “Who Benefits from ITS?”

PIARC Routes/Roads article: e-Transport: Smart Solutions for New World Economies