SPaT Challenge Webinar Series

The National Operations Center of Excellence hosted a webinar series covering the SPaT Challenge, including design considerations and deployment. The SPaT Challenge webinar series was followed with the Connected Fleet Challenge webinar series. To learn more about Connected Fleet Challenge, visit Connected Fleet Challenge Webpage.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Transportation 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.

As a logical next step to a large scale connected vehicle deployment and operation, the Connected Fleet Challenge encourages IOOs that have responded to the SPaT Challenge to equip at least one light-duty vehicle and at least one heavy-duty vehicle with a 5.9 GHz DSRC On-Board Unit (OBU) by 2021.  These OBUs should be capable of broadcasting the Basic Safety Message (BSM) to Roadside Units (RSUs) and of receiving SPaT, MAP, and other data messages that are being broadcast by the infrastructure.

Initial SPaT Challenge Activities (Full Webinar Recording) | March 6, 2018  

This webinar included presentations on topics by the individuals listed below:

  • Introduction to the SPaT Webinar Series - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT (Recording)
  • Systems Engineering Approach to the SPaT Challenge - Ray Starr, Minnesota DOT (Recording)
  • Model ConOps & Requirements of SPaT Challenge - Dean Deeter, Athey Creek Consultants  (Recording)
  • Costs, Procurement, and Corridor Selection - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT (Recording)
  • Q&A (Recording)

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available here

SPaT Challenge Design Considerations (Part 1) (Full Webinar Recording) | March 20, 2018

This webinar included presentations on topics by the individuals listed below:

  • Introduction - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT

  • SPaT Messages, Data Assembly, and the Signal Controller Interface - Patrick Chan, ConSysTec (Recording)

  • V2I Hub - Chris Stanley, Leidos (Recording)

  • Agency experience with deploying on-board units - Faisal Saleem, Maricopa County DOT (Recording)

  • Q&A - All (Recording)

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available here

SPaT Challenge Design Considerations (Part 2) (Full Webinar Recording) | April 17, 2018

This webinar included presentations on topics by the individuals listed below:

  • Introduction - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT

  • Overview of MAP Messages - David Kelley (Recording)

  • MAP Message Creation Approaches - Chuck Felice (Recording)

  • Vehicle position correction - Greg Larson (Recording)

  • Q&A - All (Recording)

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available here

SPaT Challenge: J2735 MAP Creator Tool (Full Webinar Recording) | April 24, 2018

This webinar included presentations on topics by the individuals listed below:

  • Introduction - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT
  • MAP Creator Tool - Kyle Rush, Leidos
  • Overview of MAP Message & MAP Tool (Recording)
  • MAP Tool User Interface Walkthrough (Recording)
  • Simple MAP Message Creation (Recording)
  • Complex MAP Message Showcase (Recording)
  • MAP Encoder Walkthrough and Message Validator Showcase  (Recording)
  • Q&A - All  (Recording)

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available here

SPaT Challenge Design Considerations (Part 3) | May 15, 2018

This webinar included presentations on topics by the individuals listed below:

  • Welcome and Introduction - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT
  • RSU Specification v4.1 - Deborah Curtis, USDOT and Ed Leslie, Leidos  (Recording)
  • Roadside Equipment & Backhaul Communications - Raj Ponnaluri, Florida DOT  (Recording)
  • Roadside Equipment & Backhaul Communications - Brian Reed, WSP (Recording)
  • DSRC Licensing | Yang Tao, City of Madison (Recording)
  • Q&A (Recording)

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available here

SPaT Challenge Deployment & Validation | June 12, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

  • This webinar included presentations on topics by the individuals listed below:
  • Welcome and Introduction - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT
  • Security Credential Management, Stephen Novosad, HNTB Recording)
  • Verifying SPaT Deployments Compatibility with vehicles, Jay Parikh, CAMP. Recording) 
  • Example of completed SPaT Deployment Verification, Joe Gorman. Recording)
  • Support Services, Chris Stanley, LeidosFHWA Saxton Lab. USDOT CAV Recording) 

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available Here

SPaT Challenge Operational Deployments | July 17, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

This webinar will provide an overview of several operational SPaT deployments, highlighting the lessons learned by the deploying agencies. Presenters will be available for an extended Q&A to share their experiences and perspectives on topics and questions posed by the audience. 

This webinar included presentations on topics by the individuals listed below:

  • Welcome and Introduction - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT
  • Operational SPaT Deployments,Joanna Wadsworth City of Las Vegas ( Recording)
  • Transportation Institute(VTTI), Liz White, Virginia Tech Recording
  •  Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT ( Recording)

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available Here

Beyond the SPaT Challenge | August 14, 2018 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

This webinar will include presentations of steps for agencies to consider after completing the SPaT Challenge, including the deployment of applications supported by SPaT broadcasts and installation of on-board units (OBUs) on agency fleet vehicles as part of the Connected Fleet Challenge.

  • Welcome and Introduction - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT
  • Operational SPaT Deployments in Pennsylvania Mark Kopko, Penn DOT (Recording)
  • Connected Fleet Challenge Mark Kopko, Penn DOT (Recording)
  • Equipping Transit Fleet Vehicles with OBUs in Utah Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT (Recording)

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available Here

SPaT Challenge Operational Deployments | October 23, 2018 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

This webinar will include presentations from several agencies that have operational SPaT deployments, with an emphasis on lessons learned and discussion that encompasses all stages from planning, procurement, installation, testing, and operations.

  • Welcome,introduction, and Updates -- Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT
  • Operational SPaT Deployments in North Carolina by Mohd Aslami, North Carolina DOT, Recording
  • Operational SPaT Deployments in Georgia by Alan Davis, Georgia DOT, Recording
Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available Here
Operational SPaT Deployments | January 22, 2019 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

This webinar will include presentations from several agencies that have operational SPaT deployments, with an emphasis on lessons learned and discussion that encompasses all stages from planning, procurement, installation, testing, and operations.

  • Welcome,introduction, and Updates -- Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT
  • Operational SPaT Deployments  Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) by Purser Sturgeon, Recording
  • Operational SPaT Deployments in Texas by Steve Chi and Jianming Ma, Recording
  •  Operational SPaT Deployments Virginia Tech Transportation Institute by Mike Mullenhauer, Recording

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available Here

The Connected Fleet Challenge, Webinar #1 | October 3, 2019 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

The topics for the first Connected Fleet Challenge webinar included an update on SPaT Challenge activities, introduction of the Connected Fleet Challenge, and featured lessons learned and benefits from agency deployments. Specifically, Mark Kopko of PennDOT shared details about the connected fleet deployment in Pennsylvania, Steve Novosad of HNTB presented about the Connected Vehicle Pilot at the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), and Curtis Thompson of Sebago Technics discussed the SPaT deployment in New Hampshire.

  • SPaT Challenge Background and Update by Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT (Recording)
  • Connected Fleet Challenge Overview and PennDOT Deployment by Mark Kopko, Pennsylvania DOT (Recording)
  • THEA CV Pilot Deployment by Steve Novosad, HNTB (Recording)
  • NHDOT SPaT Deployment by Curtis Thompson, Sebago Technics Inc. (Recording)
  • Q&A - All (Recording)

Full webinar recording and webinar slides are also available Here

The Connected Fleet Challenge, Webinar #2 | November 21, 2019 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

This webinar will present an overview of the Connected Fleet Challenge and available resources, as well as from agencies that have or are currently deploying On-Board Units (OBUs) on fleet vehicles. This will include a discussion of the agency motivations and lessons learned from applications related to the SPaT Challenge and Connected Fleet Challenge. Click here to register for the webinar.

The Connected Fleet Challenge, Webinar #3 | January 9, 2020 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

This webinar will present an overview of the Connected Fleet Challenge and available resources, as well as from agencies that have or are currently deploying On-Board Units (OBUs) on fleet vehicles. This will include a discussion of the agency motivations and lessons learned from applications related to the SPaT Challenge and Connected Fleet Challenge. Click here to register for the webinar.