Here are the ITS America Awards finalists

The Best of ITS and Best of Mobility on Demand (MOD) finalists have been selected by a distinguished panel and now the winners will be judged LIVE - by you, the attendees!
December 7, 2021
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Throughout this evening’s reception be sure to visit all finalist tables and learn about the projects up for this year’s award. There are two categories: The Best of ITS Award and the Best of MOD Award. The Best of ITS Award recognises organisations implementing the most advanced projects in the transportation and technology industry. This program aims to distinguish organisations whose transportation projects demonstrate specific and measurable outcomes and exemplify innovation. The Mobility on Demand Award aims to recognise an outstanding MOD public-private partnership that is making a notable impact and leveraging emerging mobility systems to improve access to mobility.

Cast your vote for our two awards categories through the ITS America Annual Meeting app, so be sure to have it downloaded on your phone. Attendees will have one hour to view each of the finalists' displays and ask questions. At 6:15pm the voting will start.

Winners will be announced at approximately 6:20pm.

Best of ITS Finalists

Delivering real-world safety benefits for drivers and roadside workers with C-V2X (Audi, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, American Tower, and Qualcomm Technologies)
With the ability to share highly reliable information in real-time, C-V2X helps save lives by delivering enhanced safety solutions for vulnerable road users (VRUs). The initial deployment provides timely proof for advanced safety services, including simultaneous alerts both in-car to motorists and road crews via wearables, traffic light information alerts, such as red-light violation warnings. As a result, this deployment illustrates the benefits of an end-to-end systems with both long- and short-range communications.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Electric Vehicle Charging Station Information on 511 Virginia (US DOE Alternative Fuels Data Centre, Virginia Department of Transportation)
The project addresses the challenge that electric vehicle users can encounter when they need to charge their vehicle to continue their trip. VDOT used the publicly available API data feed from the US DOE to display electric vehicle charging station location data and charger types on our 511 Virginia Traveller Information services (mobile app and website).

How the City of Folsom uses technology to efficiently manage its traffic enclosures (Genetec)
The city of Folsom’s IT team understood their 140 signalised intersections could be physically compromised and cause a risk to their network. The city needed a remote management solution to secure their cabinets and to aid in the day-to-day management of access to the remote enclosures, from remote open and close triggers to detailed reporting and auditing purposes, as well as secure video evidence of each interaction with the traffic network. This is where the Genetec Enclosure Management came into play.

Automated Turned Signal Head Notification System (Sentinel Transportation Systems, Los Angeles Department of Transportation)
Sentinel Transportation Systems (STS) was created to make streets safer with the application of real-time information when coupled as an accessory to existing infrastructure. Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), the STS Shield has taken response times to the most critical dangerous traffic condition, a turned signal head, from weeks through public reporting of the condition to immediate automated notification so necessary repairs are made as soon as possible, aiding in the prevention of traffic related incidents.

The High-Risk Commercial Motor Vehicle Notification Project (Georgia Department of Transportation)
The High-Risk Commercial Motor Vehicle Notification Project was a six-month-long pilot to determine if pushing in-cab warning notifications, ahead of areas with high rates of commercial motor vehicle incidents, would have a positive effect on driver behaviour. The results showed a clear connection between alerting and hard braking events with a nearly 20% reduction in hard braking in some locations.

Best of Mobility on Demand finalists

COTA/Plus & Bus on Demand (Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
Central Ohio Transit Authority created Ohio’s first public microtransit service to help families connect to jobs, schools, health care centres and food sources. This innovation also led to the creation of the United States’ first full-time Bus-on-Demand as a solution to keep transit available to customers during a global pandemic.

MI Ride Paratransit - Accessible Mobility on Demand Technology (Feonix-Mobility Rising)
Southeast Michigan transit agencies collaborate together to enhance coordination of service and improve the paratransit ride booking experience, from 30 minutes to 30 seconds per trip. This technology has given passengers literally weeks of their life back not waiting on hold. Funded by Michigan DOT, this new technology is completely accessible, with features optimised for passengers who use screen readers, and includes automated reminders, reducing delayed and missed trips.

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