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Adventures in Crowdsourcing: Using Crowdsourced Data for Traveler Information


Crowdsourcing turns transportation system users into real-time sensors on system performance, providing low-cost, high-quality data on traffic operations, roadway conditions, travel patterns, and more. This webinar highlights how crowdsourced data can help transportation agencies provide more timely and accurate information to the public using various traveler information avenues.

Target Audience
Transportation agencies, traffic/transportation management center personnel, GIS and mapping staff, traffic data analysts, emergency management organizations, and public safety agencies.  

Learning Objectives
Hear from agencies that have or are advancing in the practice of data management to support crowdsourced data in operations.
Better understand ways that agencies can use crowdsourced information to inform the public via traveler information channels like dynamic message signs, 511, and agency websites.

Greg Jones, FHWA EDC-5 Crowdsourcing Co-Lead, and FHWA Office of Operations Resource Center.

John Roberts, Arizona DOT
John Roberts has worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation for over 13 years in IT, Systems Management and is currently the Systems Technology Manager in TSMO. John has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Information Management. Before coming to ADOT, John held various engineering and management positions in the semiconductor and defense industries.

Galen McGill, Oregon DOT
Galen McGill is the System Operations & ITS Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  In that role, he provides statewide leadership and direction for the Agency’s statewide Operations Program.  His presentation will provide an overview of ODOT’s current and planned use of probe data in traveler information applications.  

Scott Cowherd, Virginia DOT
Scott Cowherd is the Statewide Travel Information Program Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in Richmond, Virginia.  Mr. Cowherd currently manages advanced traveler information system (ATIS) projects statewide. Some of these projects include the 511 Virginia service, deployment of 18 Directional Dynamic Message Signs (DDMS) signs across the Commonwealth,  integration with 20 Public Safety Announcement Point (PSAP) E-911 Centers, development of VDOT’s 1st Customer Service Center, Integrated Corridor Management expansion, Statewide Truck Parking Information System and the development of the SmarterRoads Cloud Base Portal. Prior to joining VDOT 18 years ago, he was the Program Manager responsible for the development and management of the first 511 service in Virginia.

Operations Area of Practice

    Real Time Traveler Information
    Communicating Reliability Information
    Data Acquisition, Support and Hosting

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