WSRTTIF Update - December 19th, 2017


UPDATE: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Save the Date! The 13th Annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum will be June 19th, 20th, and 21st, in scenic Yreka, California. We’ve just released the Call for Abstracts – we are seeking both presentations and live demonstrations about rural ITS topics and technologies. If you have implemented or improved a project because of participation in a past Forum, we highly encourage you to submit an abstract for presentation/demonstration at this year’s event. Check out the 2018 Call for Abstracts for more information about the Forum’s technical program.

Participants in the 2017 Western States Forum listen to a technical presentation.

Photo by Doug Galarus

The presentations and demonstrations that are given at the Forum are highly technical and in-depth discussions of rural ITS system implementations, including what worked and what didn’t work. A wide variety of topics relating to ITS design and engineering are discussed during the Forum such as:

  • Design, engineering and installation of rural ITS field applications, such as warning and safety systems
  • Design, installation, calibration and evaluation of roadside traffic detection equipment (loop or non-intrusive)
  • Applications of microwave, radio, cellular, 802.11 WiFi and/or WiMax communications
  • Custom ITS application development
  • Innovative applications of commercial ITS applications
  • Lessons learned with application and development of standards and specifications (e.g. NTCIP, DOT specifications)
At the 2017 Forum, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Dr. Anurage Pande shares conclusions on his naturalistic GPS driving data study. John Slonaker showed the radar detection set-up, the C1 reader and its components, and demonstrated the VideoSync software used for his project. Bryan Prestel (left), discusses a point made during one of the presentations at the 2017 Forum. A presentation at the 2017 Forum gets lots of questions from the other Forum participants.

Photos by Leann Koon and Doug Galarus.

Forum agendas have been diverse over the years. Presentations and demonstrations have been given by speakers from many different states and institutions, including multiple state DOTs, universities and other transportation related offices. Here are some of the presentations from previous Forums:

For a better understanding of the content covered at the Western States Forum, visit the website at

Jeremiah Pearce (front, seated) and Lonnie Hobbs (back, standing), Caltrans District 2, end their presentation with a demonstration during the 2017 Forum. Doug Spencer, an ITS Standards Engineer with the Oregon DOT, reviewed the needs for the ITS firmware ODOT helped to develop, uses of the ATC, and the many different sensors and devices that can operated in a standardized way utilizing the ATC and the controller’s application programming interface (API). Jim Whalen from the Nevada DOT examines Caltrans District 2’s ITS Node Equipment Cabinet.

Photos by Leann Koon and Doug Galarus.

If you are involved in a rural ITS project that would be relevant to the Forum, we encourage you to submit an abstract for presentation and/or demonstration at the 2018 Forum. For more information on how to submit an abstract please visit the Call for Abstracts page on the Forum website.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, January 19, 2018.