Consider cost-saving strategies and long term needs when making communications investments.

National experience with making communications investments for incident management.

United States

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Consider cost-saving strategies when making communications investments.
  • The most common solution found to reduce the cost of incident management system implementation was to reuse existing resources. Since communication was often half of the total cost of deploying an incident management system, using existing communication resources would be a significant cost saving strategy.
  • A second cost saving strategy would be avoiding the intensive investment of cable burial by using wireless communication. Use low-power equipment and solar power when possible.
  • A related lesson is that, when making the communication investment, there can be a great long-term benefit to sizing the infrastructure to handle the eventual bandwidth demand.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems Field Operational Test Cross-Cutting Study: Incident Management: Detection, Verification, and Traffic Management

Author: Pearce, Vince and Sam Subramaniam (Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc)

Published By: ITS JPO

Source Date: 6/1/1998

EDL Number: 6328

Other Reference Number: FHWA-RD-JPO-034

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/4064

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