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Webinar #6: SPaT Challenge Deployment & Validation


This webinar will present an overview of procurement process, validation/verification of SPaT deployments, and securing SPaT broadcast. This webinar will also discuss potential applications that DOTs could deploy and potential next steps.

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE), and ITS America (ITSA) working together through the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC) have challenged state and local public sector transportation infrastructure owners and operators (IOOs) to work together to achieve deployment of roadside Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) 5.9 GHz broadcast radio infrastructure to broadcast signal phase and timing (SPaT) in real-time at signalized intersections on at least one road corridor or street network (approximately 20 signalized intersections) in each of the 50 states by January 2020. This is commonly called the SPaT Challenge.

Webinar Agenda:

  • Introduction, Blaine Leonard
  • Security Credential Management, Stephen Novosad
  • Verifying SPaT Deployments’ Compatibility with Vehicles, Jay Parikh                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Example of a Completed SPaT Deployment Verification, Joe Gorman                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • USDOT CAV Support Services,Chris Stanley (Leidos – FHWA Saxton Lab)
  • Webinar Wrap up and Q&A

Webinar Instructors

  • Blaine Leonard, UDOT
    • Blaine Leonard is employed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City, where he is the Technology & Innovation Engineer. In this role, he is responsible for traffic management technologies, and leads the planning for connected and automated vehicles, including anticipating the impacts of those technologies on the Department. He co-chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Connected and Automated Vehicles Working Group and leads the SPaT Challenge Tactical Working Group within the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC). Prior to joining UDOT, Blaine spent 20 years in the consulting engineering business. 

      Mr. Leonard served as the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2010. He is a licensed engineer in six western states and is the Vice Chair of the Utah Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Board. 

  • Stephen Novosad, HNTB
    • Mr. Novosad works in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Connected Vehicle (CV), and System and Software Implementations for HNTB’s Tampa office. Mr. Novosad has over 32 years of experience in systems and software implementations. He has over 19 years of ITS experience and over 13 years of CV experience.  Steve is currently the System Engineering Lead for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority’s CV Pilot Deployment project and advises the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on CV technology.  He participates in the SAE DSRC V2I/I2V Task Force and the OmniAir Connected Vehicle Technical Working Group.
  • Jay Parikh, CAMP
    • Jay started his automotive carrier in 1985 as a research engineer at General Motors R&D in Warren, MI. At GM, he was involved in various projects in the area of wireless communication including the development of mobile ad hoc network for intra-vehicular and DSRC-based V2X communication for active safety applications. 
      Since 2014, Jay is a principal investigator at CAMP in V2I consortium responsible for research and prototype development of safety applications under a cooperative agreement between the CAMP and the FHWA.Jay holds BS in EE and MS in Computer Science.
  • Joe Gorman           
  • Chris Stanley, Leidos – FHWA Saxton Lab
    • Chris Stanley is the Senior Director of Surface Transportation Research at Leidos, leveraging over 20 years in engineering, transportation, and connected vehicles to lead the development of new technologies to advance mobility. Mr. Stanley also serves as the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (STOL) Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration’s national connected and automated vehicle research laboratory, accelerating the development of new technologies in transportation management, analysis, and vehicle control.                                                                

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