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Public Safety Program

Emergency Traffic Operations

Linda D. Dodge

USDOT ITS-JPO Public Safety Coordinator

September 26, 2006


ITS Public Safety Includes…

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Law Enforcement Emergency Medical Services Fire/HAZMAT as well as Emergency Communications Traffic Management Towing & Recovery

The Public Safety Program

Major Initiatives The Emergency Transportation Operations Initiative - Tasks and Legacy Projects Wireless E9-1-1 (WE9-1-1)


Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1)



• Initial phase of ETO • Status of multiple coordinated efforts that focus on evacuation management • Building blocks for subsequent phases of ETO • Assess potential “gaps” in use or application of ITS in support of evacuation – all hazards • Determine support tools and resources needed

Initial Phase: Focus on “No Notice” Evacuation & Incident Management

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Towing and Recovery and Hazmat Communications Technology Demonstration Guidance for Transportation Operations in Biohazard Emergencies Real-Time Evacuation Management and Modeling Recommended Practices for Managing "No Notice" Evacuations Low-Cost Surveillance of Rural Evacuation Routes Traveler Information for Disaster Situations Integrating ITS Standards with Law Enforcement Data Exchange Standards


ETO & No Notice Evacuation



Application of Technology to Transportation Operations in Biohazard Situations

Evaluate the roles of transportation during a biohazard situation and make recommendations to apply advanced operational methods and technology to accomplish those roles effectively.

• Biohazards workshop, Madison, WI • Workshop proceedings report completed



Low Cost Evacuation Route Surveillance Evaluated available technologies; deployed several varieties of camera devices

• Field Operations Test – rural Nebraska • Examined the cost, maintenance, power, weather resiliency etc.

• FOT and Recommendations report completed



ITS to Improve Response by Towing/Recovery and Hazmat Provide cell phone cameras to first responders in the National Capital Region – image transmission to dispatch and to secondary responders Test Bed: Capital Wireless Integrated Network (CapWIN)

• FOT in progress



Communicating With the Public Using ATIS During Disasters Analyze traveler information needs during disasters & develop guidance for transportation agencies

• Houston workshop - produced material for ConOps • Pending FOT – San Diego, using ConOps to develop a strategy for using traveler information assets during disasters for a specific location



Harmonization of Transportation and Public Safety Incident Management Standards

Data exchange of dissimilar data exchange standards Link public safety DOT (IEEE1512 series) and DOJ (GJXML) • • Steering Committee established and active Pending FOTs



Traffic Management Technology to Enhance Emergency Response To examine adaptations of ITS freeway and traffic management systems

• Report completed



Evacuation - State of the Art State of the Practice To examine adaptations of ITS freeway and traffic management systems

• Literature Review Complete • Case Review with “lessons learned” • Report Completed


Evacuation Management Case Studies

• Sites – El Dorado, Arkansas (Hazardous Material Fire, January 2, 2005) – Graniteville, South Carolina (Train Derailment and Chlorine Leak, January 6, 2005) – South Salt Lake City, Utah (Toxic Chemical Spill, March 6, 2005) – Big Bear Valley, California (Old Fire, October 25, 2003)



Gap Analysis To review findings, identify “gaps” in existing application of ITS technologies, and propose recommendations for Initiative ITS support tools and resources

• Literature Review Complete – SA/SP • Case Review Report Completed – SA/SP • Leveraging of findings of the ITS ETO Initiative and FHWA Office of Operations activities



Legacy studies & activities

 MayDay 9-1-1 – report complete, evaluation report complete  Cad Integration FOTs – report complete, evaluation report complete  Public Safety Advisory Group (PSAG), advise stakeholders on how best to deploy and integrate Intelligent Transportation Systems – several ITS responder documents prepared for publication ..and more


Next Generation 9-1-1

9-1-1 It’s Not Just Telephones Anymore

9-1-1 in the United States

6124 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)

Majority administered at the local government level

First 9-1-1 call in 1968

Approximately 96% of geographic US covered by some level of 9-1-1

99% of Population

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200 million 9-1-1 calls annually across country

@ 1/3 by wireless telephone

Wireless 9-1-1 in the United States

219+ million wireless subscribers currently

72% of US Population

More than 240,000 wireless 9-1-1 calls per day

In most metropolitan areas that exceeds 50%

and growing

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Est: By 2008 @12-15 million households using VoIP


Current and Future 9-1-1

Today’s 9-1-1 Primarily voice calls via telephones. Minimal data Local access, transfer, and backup Limited capability for emergency notification Future 9-1-1 Voice, text, or video from many types of communication devices Advanced data capabilities “Long distance” access, transfer, and backup Location-specific emergency alerts possible for any networked device


NG9-1-1 Project: An Impact Statement


Consensus within the 9-1-1 Community

Capitalize on advances in technologies that provide:

Quicker and more accurate information to responders

Better and more useful forms of information

More flexible, secure and robust PSAP operations

Lower capital and operating costs

NG9-1-1 Project: The Goal


Long Term Goal:

To design a system that enables the transmission of voice, data or video from different types of communication devices to the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and onto emergency responder networks.

Major Milestones:

• National architecture and high-level design for NG9-1-1 System • Proof of Concept • Transition plan for NG9-1-1 implementation

NG9-1-1 Initiative: ITS Considerations

The ability to generate and communicate new data and information about an emergency incident

More effective incident management

Safer First Responders

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Fault tolerant, flexible infrastructure in place to support flow of multi-media forms of data and information from and to all types of devices

(e.g., VII, ACN, telematics, highway and traffic information, etc.)

ENHANCE 911 Act (PL 108-494)

• Requires NHTSA and NTIA to coordinate on 9-1-1 – Create an E9-1-1 Implementation Coordination Office (ICO) (“National 9-1-1 Office”) – Facilitate coordination and communication (incl. FCC and DHS) 25 • Grant Program – DOT is authorized up to $250 million per year

(no funds appropriated to date)


NG9-1-1 Project: Current Activity

• RFP closed: July 6, 2006 (4:15 p.m.) –

• Evaluating the proposals • Continue engaging the stakeholders (public and private) • Conduct meeting of Federal agencies • Continue monitoring standards development activities – Provide the bridge between this initiative and on-going IP-telephony standards development and related activities


Contact Information

Linda D. Dodge Public Safety Coordinator ITS Joint Program Office U.S. Department of Transportation 202-366-8034 [email protected]