By Stew LaPan

Problems can’t be fixed if you don’t know you have them. Your agency’s data and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices are powerful tools, but you may not be using them to their full potential. The only way to know, is to assess the data, technology, and processes you so frequently rely on.

Thorough ITS infrastructure and data assessments can streamline processes, provide new reporting opportunities, and arguably most importantly, open up data channels and silos to increase agency data value. This kind of assessment, which we’ve done for clients like the City of Greenwood Village, combines data from disparate sources into one cohesive analysis. Here’s how we do it:

  1. Audit
    We collaborate with our client to first understand their current ITS, data, and reporting landscape. This step helps us prepare and start to determine potential areas of focus. During this phase, we meet directly with the client and ask questions to begin to map out what needs to be looked at.
  2. Analyze
    During this time, we review the data from various sources. We will analyze traffic data patterns, ITS functionality, and current reporting processes. This portion of the assessment is when we are most likely to uncover patterns and opportunities for improvement.
  3. Synthesize
    The final product is a host of analytics, findings, and recommendations combined into one comprehensive presentation. This synthesized presentation is intended to provide actionable insights on how processes and equipment can be improved, and the results of those changes.