The National Academies

NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 53-15 [New]

Coordination of Upgrades and Installation of New Software Required by Traffic Operations and Maintenance
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 4/30/2021 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Leslie C. Harwood
Fiscal Year: 2022

Preliminary Scope

Many new and emerging technologies can benefit the traveling public if integrated into traffic operations and maintenance systems, and thereby into information technology (IT) systems. Research divisions/sub-divisions within state departments of transportation (DOTs) have tested new technologies and upgrades to existing technology that are ready for implementation. However, integration into IT systems can create bottlenecks due to the complexity and/or inconsistency of requirements. Furthermore, various issues must be considered during upgrades and installation of new technologies, such as security concerns, compatibility of different software with existing software systems, indirect communication, rural connectivity issues, and integration of systems.

This synthesis will document the methods used by state DOTs for coordinating upgrades and installation of new software required by traffic operations and maintenance teams into their IT systems.

Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to):
• Processes and timelines for integrating new/upgraded software into IT systems;
• How upgrades and installations are coordinated (i.e., internally, externally, or both);
• Methods for planning upgrades and new installations (e.g., formation of teams in func-tional areas to handle upgrades);
• Organizational efficiencies that allow for successful technology integrations; and
• Strategies for resolving issues associated with upgrades and new installations.

Information will be collected through a literature review, a survey of state DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples. Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.

Information Sources (Partial):
• Coordination of Information Technology and TSMO. (n.d.) FHWA Office of Operations.

TRB Staff
Leslie Harwood
Phone: 202-334-2312

Meeting Dates
First Panel: TBD
Teleconference with Consultant: TBD
Second Panel: TBD

Topic Panel

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