The Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS) is an automated data fusion and dissemination system that provides an enhanced overall view of the transportation network. Participating agencies are able to view transportation and related emergency management information through innovative visualizations and use it to improve their operations and emergency preparedness. RITIS also uses regional standardized data to provide information to third parties, the media, and other traveler information resources including, web sites, paging systems, and 511. There are three main RITIS components including: 1) real-time data feeds, 2) real-time situational awareness tools, and 3) archived data analysis tools.
Figure 1: RITIS consolidates, standardizes, and fuses disparate data sources and systems into a platform for use by a wide range of users and applications.
If you have interest in using RITIS within your agency or have questions or feedback on any of the information below, please contact Michael L. Pack at PackML@umd.edu or 301.405.0722.
Meeting information from previous meetings
December 15, 2016 – RITIS User Group Web Meeting
RITIS data feeds are services that provide direct access to real-time incident, event, detector, probe, weather, transit, and other data sources including ITS device status. The RITIS data feeds are designed to facilitate integration of RITIS data back into legacy and third party systems and for third-party application developers that need access to real-time information for dynamic mobility applications. The data feeds provide for implementation flexibility both in data format and retrieval method. The RITIS platform allows each agency to determine which data elements it wishes to provide in the data feed or maintain secure and secluded from other agencies or the public.
Figure 2: The goal of each component is to turn data into information for operations, planners, researchers, and the public.
The RITIS website allows users with appropriate credentials to view all of the real-time RITIS data in a browser. The website provides users with a dynamic set of visualizations and tools that afford efficient situational awareness. Authorized users can interact with live events, incidents, weather, sensors, radio scanners, response vehicles, and other data sources and devices in maps, lists, and other graphics. Users can apply a rich set of filters, access contact information, and even set up alerts. Select screenshots from these real-time situational awareness tools can be found here.
Figure 3: RITIS provides many interactive options for displaying events and incidents, CADD, police and fire radio communications, real-time and predicted weather, CCTV video, probe data, evacuation support documents, and much more.
All data within RITIS is archived indefinitely—meaning that no data is ever deemed “too old” to be removed from user access. RITIS has a number of tools allowing users to query, analyze, and derive performance measures from this archive. Many of these tools are highly interactive and dynamic. They have been developed with the user in mind and afford a high degree of freedom to explore the data with minimal training needed. Data within the archive can also be downloaded and/or exported so that users can perform their own independent analysis. These tools can allow users to identify accident hot-spots, analyze queue lengths and traffic congestion/bottlenecks at specific areas, perform after-action reviews, and evaluate the effectiveness of transportation operations strategies.
Select screenshots from these real-time situational awareness tools can be found here.
RITIS is in use by decision makers, researchers, planners, operations specialists, the military, and homeland security officials in every state. The use of RITIS has been shown to:
- Reduce transportation research costs by as much as 50%;
- Be a significant asset to 4,200+ Federal, State, and Local officials for real-time situational awareness;
- Enable regional response and inter-agency coordination among hundreds of agencies;
- Provide for transparent decision making through data-driven approaches to prioritizing and justifying projects;
- Provide for better communication to decision makers and the public;
- Significantly reduce agency costs while dramatically speeding up the ability of agency staff to respond to media and decision makers.
- Figure 4: There are many tools embedded within and enabled through the RITIS platform.
Why Others Use RITIS:
- RITIS provides for cross-agency, cross-border collaboration. No other system in the U.S. covers as many states and systems.
- Tens of millions of dollars have already been invested in RITIS by public safety agencies, DOTs, Homeland Security, and the Military.
- RITIS does not have complex software licensing fees or restrictions on agency usage.
- RITIS developers have focused on usability and visualization to ensure the best possible user experience for operations, planners, and researchers alike.
- The RITIS Platform processes, archives, and fuses more data (including sheer quantity, depth, and breadth) from more agencies than ANY other transportation system in the world—public or private.
- We can act as a broker for agency data transmission to 3rd parties—relieving the agency of needing to worry about responding to data inquiries.
- Because our system is hosted outside of any DOT network, our system can dramatically reduce an agency’s bandwidth needs for sharing data with the public and other agencies
- We understand the complexities of dealing with multiple states, MPOs, local officials, etc. when it comes to MOUs, legal agreements, and consensus building.
- We understand (and are bridging the gaps between) the operations, planning, and research communities and how they relate to decision making, public interaction, and the media.
- New features are constantly being developed and are deployed no less than once every quarter (but usually once per month).
- As government employees, all CATT Lab staff are public servants. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, and remain open and unbiased towards other providers and services. We work well with vendors, and typically remain contractually open and non-exclusive when bidding on work. As a non-profit, we can only charge for our actual expended hours and equipment.
Resources and costs are shared among all agencies. When one agency invests in a new feature or new hardware, all agencies benefit. RITIS is akin to a pooled fund project.
RITIS offers a collaborative web-based meeting tool for member agency use in planning for and coordinating activities and events. RITIS Meeting provides users with: 1) a number of situational awareness layers (Incidents and Events, DMS, Weather (Road, Alerts, Radar) Evacuation Support; 2) a Timeline that can be used to share weather, traffic or other time-sensitive information as well as clickable links to critical documents, such as Situation Reports; 3) the ability to poll participants and get instant results; 4) automatic documentation of meeting notes, poll results and timeline entries, and; 5) a Meeting Log sent automatically to all participants. More information can be found in these reference guides…