2018-2019 Work Plan
Outreach around Special Projects
TSAG can only fulfill its vision and pursue its mission with an effective outreach program. Because of the often segmented nature of the transportation community, effective channels of communication and knowledge transfer must be undertaken in order for traveler and emergency responder safety advocacy to be effective. Therefore, as special projects are completed, TSAG fosters and manages strategic partnerships with appropriate transportation communities, using tools such as meetings, briefings, presentations, a widely marketed website, and outreach materials to be distributed at key industry events.
The following special projects were identified and completed in the 2016-2018 Work Plan:
- Emergency Vehicle Operator On-Board Device Distractions
- Model Emergency Response Components for State Highway Safety/Highway Improvement/ITS Strategic Plans (State Plan Project)
- Synthesis of Technologies that Protect and Support Incidents and Emergency Respsonders: At least one demo was completed during Q3 2016 with live and web outreach
- Connected Responder: Interest, Context, and Business Development
2018-2019 Special Projects
TSAG has pursued several special projects in order to advance its vision of protecting travelers and the public safety personnel who serve them. These special projects allow TSAG to take creative and innovative approaches to advocating for and promoting emergency responder and traveler safety. These projects have been developed by TSAG at business meetings and during conference calls, and were incubated through special project committees, assigned by the TSAG Executive Committee. TSAG has identified the following special projects for the 2018-2019 Work Plan described briefly below and presented in priority order:
- I2R Future Opportunities: Infrastructure-to-responder (I2R) technologies include location/GIS information of facilities, signal prioritization and other technologies that allow infrastructure to communicate with responders. Future opportunities for responder and handheld-friendly communication will improve information sharing and responder safety. This project will develop a state of the practice synthesis of infrastructure to responder technologies and communication
- NextGen 911 – What’s Next?: This project will refine current work summarizing the physical interface between networks. This includes consideration of proprietary interface limitations. The anticipated product will be a white paper and presentation looking at current conditions and recommendations for the future.
- NextGen 911 – DSRC – FirstNet – Future: This project will refine current work summarizing the physical interface between networks. This includes consideration of proprietary interface limitations. The anticipated product will be a white paper and presentation looking at current conditions and recommendations for the future.
- Advanced Automated Collision Notification (AACN) New Ideas: AACN provides life-saving information by reducing the time required for detection, notification and response to an incident. It can also enhance patient care through provision of real time patient information. This project will look at existing and future AACN applications and develop a white paper to demonstrate the opportunity for this technology to improve patient outcome and future possibilities.
- X2R Wearables: This project will develop a state of the practice report on emerging practice in vehicle-to-responder and other technology communications to responder (X2R) that would enhance the safety of transportation public safety responders. It will document a variety of case studies of applications in transportation public safety and actual practice, and share the information through the TSAG website and presentations.
- TMC – PSAP Interface: Real time information sharing and interoperability between traffic management centers (TMC) and public safety answering points (PSAP) provide enhanced detection, notification and response to incidents. This project will look at case studies on effective integration (automated, speed dial, other) and review pooled-fund studies to develop a synthesis of best practices for TMC/PSAP data sharing and integration. It will look at locations that have an extraordinary level of interface, document experience to share with others and develop case studies on effective integration.
- Transportation Public Safety Apps: This project will develop a white paper looking at the opportunities to advance transportation public safety apps through activities such as “hack-a-thons” or development of an app store for responders. The final product will look at creating a transportation-centric app store for public safety.
Each project will be developed to include outreach strategies and measures of effectiveness. ITE will work with the TSAG Executive Committee and the project committee, if one is designated, to develop a scope of work, cost and schedule for the project.
In addition to targeted outreach around the special projects, TSAG will continue to help bring together the emergency responder and general transportation/ITS communities whenever the opportunity presents itself, through webinars, presentations at conferences, demonstrations or other events, and in coordination with the National Operations Center of Excellence.