A key element of the success of Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) is the ability to exchange traveler information between in-vehicle systems, traffic, transit information providers, traffic control centers, police and fire departments, and transit authorities. The ability to exchange information is becoming increasingly important as fully integrated ITS systems are deployed.
Effective standards help promote compatible ATIS products and the rapid development of the ITS industry. When compatibility between vendors is encouraged by standards, more choices are available to the consumer. The traveler is able to buy products from a wide range of products that can communicate with other travelers who may be using a wide variety of products.
The ITIS efforts of the ENTERPRISE Program have been underway since the early 1990s. These efforts initially translated the similar standards that had been developed in Europe, where standardized data exchange had been used prior to its use in the United States. An ITIS Committee inside ENTERPRISE worked to translate these standards and develop draft standards for the American ITS industry by talking with member states to understand their needs. Early projects such as Trilogy in Minnesota benefited from these standards, and still use the ITIS codes today. Once developed, these standards were offered to the standards development agencies working on National standards within the United States. These have tremendously influenced what has now come out of the standards agencies.
ENTERPRISE ITIS efforts have translated towards supporting the ENTERPRISE states by representing their needs towards the National Standards development. The ITIS Eye project focused on this effort.
Project Duration: 1992-1996