Arkansas Regional ITS Architecture Home Page

Bi-State (Fort Smith)
Northwest Arkansas
Pine Bluff - White Hall
West Memphis
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About this Web Site

The purpose of this Arkansas Regional Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Architectures web site is to present the Regional ITS Architectures for the Bi-State Region, Northwest Arkansas, the Pine Bluff - White Hall Region, and the West Memphis Region. In addition, this web site is intended to encourage the use of the Regional ITS Architectures and to gather feedback so that the architectures reflect the intelligent transportation system vision for each of the specified regions.  

Regional ITS Architectures Development Process

Beginning in August 2005 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, staff from ConSysTec, with support from the Prime Contractor Kimley-Horn and Associates, began to conduct a series of workshops for four (4) Arkansas Regions. The workshops in these regions were conducted as part of the Regional ITS Architecture development process, and were intended to gather information from regional stakeholders for each architecture. These regions, and the latest revision dates for their perspective architectures, are identified as follows:

Prior to the stakeholder workshops, the contractors collected available documentation on Regional ITS system architectures that may have already been developed in each Region as well as available documentation and other information on existing and future ITS systems and deployments. This information was used to begin the process of developing a Regional ITS Architecture with the stakeholders of the region. The focus of each Regional ITS Architecture development process was to identify communication information exchange requirements between specific ITS elements in each Region. 

Having collected and assimilated information about each Region into a draft Turbo Architecture database, the contractors then conducted an intensive two-day workshop in each Region with the stakeholders of the Region. This workshop has allowed the contractors to systematically identify the existing and future inventory of stakeholder ITS elements based on existing regional deployments (or plans for deployment), existing ITS architecture documentation, and stakeholder articulation of needs during each of the workshops, that may have been overlooked during the initial information gathering task. Next, the contractors have identified generic services through the National ITS Architecture market packages and, where stakeholders have indicated a need, they have customized those market packages for specific applications identified by the stakeholders. This customization identifies information exchanges and exchange requirements between ITS elements (and therefore ITS stakeholders) at the architecture flow level.

The objective of each Regional ITS Architecture developed through this program is to meet the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) requirements on Architecture Conformity. Namely that each architecture meets the requirements as specified in the FHWA Rule 940 and the corresponding FTA Policy.

A Microsoft Excel database will also be maintained to track all stakeholder comments as they are received by the project team, from the time the comment is first received until the comment is disposed of. The comments database for Bi-State, West Memphis, Pine Bluff - White Hall and Northwest Arkansas are available in .pdf format by clicking the appropriate link.

Last updated: 05-23-2007