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

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public safety program emergency traffic operations

Public Safety Program Emergency Traffic Operations

Linda D. Dodge

USDOT ITS-JPO Public Safety Coordinator

September 26, 2006

ITS Public Safety Includes…
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire/HAZMAT
  • as well as -
  • Emergency Communications
  • Traffic Management
  • Towing & Recovery
the public safety program
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
Initial Phase: Focus on “No Notice” Evacuation & Incident Management
  • 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
  • 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


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
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
Next Generation 9-1-1


It’s Not Just Telephones Anymore

9 1 1 in the united states
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
  • 200 million 9-1-1 calls annually across country
    • @ 1/3 by wireless telephone
wireless 9 1 1 in the united states
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
  • Est: By 2008 @12-15 million households using VoIP
consensus within the 9 1 1 community
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
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
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
  • 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
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)
  • Grant Program
    • DOT is authorized up to $250 million per year

(no funds appropriated to date)

ng9 1 1 project current activity
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
Contact Information

Linda D. Dodge

Public Safety Coordinator

ITS Joint Program Office

U.S. Department of Transportation


[email protected]