Blake Christie, Ann Diephaus
Using traffic control devices and communications equipment to monitor and control arterials and freeways in an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) environment has brought with it new challenges and a demand for new skills. Many systems and equipment procurements have occurred without clear traceability between agency needs and potential solutions. A common result has been that agency needs are not satisfied. Such a procurement environment, where no direct traceability (or a weak association) between agency needs and provided solutions, often leads to project cost overruns, late delivery and even failed projects. Applying systems engineering methodologies into the procurement process will mitigate deployment risk. This paper discusses the process and methods needed (and used) to support procurement of devices and systems, that will satisfy transportation agency needs.