My concept relies on the use of DSRC as the communication network connecting vehicles, ITS infrastructure to the rest of our lives. Much like wireless technology transformed the telephone into the pocket sized X device it is today, soon it will quietly integrate into our vehicles and ITS infrastructure.    The first generation systems to deploy would be smart license plate transponders, smart road buttons, and other wireless infrastructure. Smart buttons with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), transponders, and sensors built-in could easily be glued in place using current methodology. After installation, RFID identification and locations could be easily recorded utilizing an RFID reader and GPS mounted in a vehicle. This would link the smart buttons together in network to spatial locations for mapping and navigation. This smart button network utilizing DSRC would be able to forward encapsulated codes from X devices, Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) through vehicle transponders, over wired and wireless to the local TMC and back again. In addition to housing transponders for DSRC networking purposes, smart buttons would house impact sensors that could alert drivers locally and trigger alarm conditions at the TMC. If several centerline or edge marking buttons were triggered, software at the TMC could tell what type of event was taking place and where it occurred on the system. The codes generated would identify which button and what location and type of button was triggered. Lane edge buttons could have different placement identification codes to distinguishing them from centerline or other buttons so software could tell the difference between run-off-road or median-crossover events. Buttons could flash a short duration yellow warning light and broadcast a caution code through DSCR network I2V, giving local drivers immediate feedback through the button lights and X device displays. As events are triggered the TMC receives codes from the infrastructure. Then software systems begin to build and analyze the code storm - triggering alarm conditions and suggesting counter-measure responses. The TMC can choose to escalate or deescalate event status by using infrastructure to broadcast new I2V codes and codes for increasing V2V rebroadcast hop rates to extend the range of the of V2V rebroadcasts. TMC 2 Smart Button network could generate codes to control light flash color and duration. Specific buttons in an event area could use red lights and as distance from the event increases the yellow or flashing lights could be used. The light system would be used by the TMC to visually communicate to drivers what current driving conditions are. In the event of emergency road closures buttons could flash red or yellow alerts. The DSRC systems connect to the TMC using other wired and wireless networks built into roadside infrastructure. Some ITS infrastructure is designed to extend DSRC networks to TMC’s and other service providers while other infrastructure may be used for many other purposes. For instance, sensors could also be deployed that measure wind speed, direction, atmospheric pressure, humidity, temperature and Doppler radar type technology used to predict and track tornados and monitor ground weather conditions for vehicle and air traveler alerts. The deployment of carbon and other air quality sensors could help track amounts and locations of air quality issues. If photovoltaic power generation is added to the infrastructure, DSRC could be used by the TMC to control roadway heating, lighting and surveillance equipment. If photovoltaic panels are implemented in the right-of-way, variable message signs could be periodically interspersed for TMC public visual communications. Lights similar to the ones on the smart button would light the infrastructure and communicate visual alert status to drivers and pedestrians. Maintenance crews could use smart cones, intrusion devices, and signage that would sync with ITS through DSRC. DSRC would also allow you to form work zone ad hoc networks controlling devices and vehicle messaging from a local or mobile operation. Incident response and emergency service also could benefit from DSRC ad hoc networking. These type systems are designed to work independently and sync universally. By using multi network NIC cards, X devices and ITS infrastructure can switch between local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), cellular networks, DSRC networks and more. This enables infrastructure to communicate close range V2I and I2V and to relay data over longer distance ranges to the TMC by leveraging other networks. Once the interoperability standards and architectures for ITS become policy, integration can begin because the technology already exists. This would also help define the potential market value for developers to focus their attention on ITS applications. Once developers see the full market value of ITS, they will want to integrate their products and services to meet this expanding markets need.  

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