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Transition to the Connected Data Systems Program Research Progress and Insights

Starting in FY 2015, the DCM program will transition into the Connected Data Systems (CDS) Program.  The CDS Program will seek to operationalize scalable data management and delivery methods, exploiting the potential of high-volume multi-source data to enhance current operational practices and transform future surface transportation systems management. This next-generation cross-cutting data research program is the natural successor program and builds on the success of the DCM program.  The Connected Data Systems program recognizes that data-related research is needed across all programs, including Connected Vehicle Pilots, Connected Automation, and Smart Connected Cities, among others.  The DCM program will continue with all FY14 (and prior) funded activities, all completing by January 2017.

Program Plan

The Data Capture and Management Program is composed of three phases: Foundational Analysis (Phase 1, October 2009 through June 2011); Research, Development, and Testing (Phase 2, July 2011 through August 2014); and Pilot deployment and Demonstrations (Phase 3, October 2015 through September 2017).  Each phase has six major tracks that span across the entire duration of the program:

  • Track 1: Engage stakeholders for input from initial analysis to pilot deployment. Test data sets, data collection, and analysis methodologies will be shared with stakeholders, with information made available to the broader transportation community.
  • Track 2: Conduct Coordinated Research and Development to support transportation applications and address technical, institutional, and standards issues surrounding the collection and dissemination of data.
  • Track 3: Conduct proof-of-concept tests and testing of standards, procedures, tools, and protocols to provide implementation guidance for real-world deployment.
  • Track 4: Conduct pilot deployments and demonstrations of the data capture and management techniques in an operational setting, while providing stakeholders with opportunities to develop systems that will extend beyond the life of the program.
  • Track 5: Develop evaluation and performance measures to assess benefits of the data environments.
  • Track 6: Share the program’s findings and procedures with stakeholders and the broader transportation community through coordinated outreach activities and technology transfer.