#ITEAustin2019 Daily Edition
July 22, 2019
Reception Celebrates First Timers, Global Members,
and Sponsors
There was no shortage of things to talk about for attendees at the First Timers/Global Members/Sponsors Reception at The Reverbery on Sunday night. New attendees were able to share their excitement about the week ahead, sponsors were given the chance to mingle with those who benefit from their generous support, and global members brought a variety of perspectives on transportation and culture.

Danielle Rebbechi from Melbourne, Australia traveled to the Annual Meeting on a grant from an ITE Young Members Committee in her home country. "That’s part of the reason I’m here, to try to strengthen the relationship between ITE Australia and here," she said. "We want to take some of the learning and inspiration from ITE in the U.S. back to Australia.'

Some of the first timers were longtime ITE members who never had the chance to attend the International meeting before. Such was the case for Diane Hammonds, co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for next year's annual meeting in New Orleans. She said she was looking forward to scoping out the scene in Austin to get ideas for next year. “We want to know what types of groups to be prepared for as well as the type of social events people are interested in,” she said. 
Women of ITE Sunday Forum: "Be an Ally"
The Women of ITE subcommittee, led by co-chairs Jen Malzer and Maggie McNamara, hosted a Women’s Forum on Sunday night. The theme was “Be an Ally: For Yourself, in Design, and Serving Others.” Attendees played networking games and participated in an escape room challenge. A lively panel discussion led by Alyssa Rodriguez discussed how the panelists Carrie Falkenrath, Julio Ramos, and Carissa McQuiston have been allies for both themselves and for others. The afternoon wrapped up with a group photo, in which you will notice past and future ITE International Presidents: Marsha Anderson Bomar, Jenny Grote, Paula Flores, Alyssa Rodriguez, and an empty chair to represent the next woman ITE president. “We look forward to hosting more events like this in future years, and encourage Districts and Sections to host their own events like this to keep the discussion moving forward,” said committee member Colleen Hill-Stramsak.
#ITEAustin2019 Kicks Off with Opening Reception
The Exhibit Hall was abuzz with excitement as the Joint ITE International and Texas District Annual Meeting kicked off on Sunday night with the "Welcome to Austin" Opening Reception. Whether attending for their first time or 20th time, the friendly atmosphere was ripe for networking with colleagues, seeing old friends, and making new connections.

Many attendees wore their certification ribbons, including Christian Sternke, who was proudly displaying the RSP1 ribbon. “I just found out I passed today so I grabbed the ribbon and put it on,” he said. His employer, TADI, was very supportive of him receiving the Road Safety Professional (RSP) Level 1 certification and supported him through the process. “The industry is moving toward safety as a focus into the future,” he said, adding that he took advantage of the ITE resources available on the new RSP certification to prepare for the exam.
 
Garrett Scott was already enjoying his time at the conference, and said he was impressed with the Ethics and Social Justice in a Transformative Time Workshop on Sunday. “The talk was looking toward the future with autonomous and connected vehicles and some of the questions around ethics with that, which is fascinating to say the least.” 
Monday's Education Kicks Off #ITEAustin2019
Poster sessions, interactive technical presentations, and the ITE Town Hall were all a part of Monday's technical program. Many sessions were standing-room only as attendees gathered to learn about the latest in topics like mobility as a service and mobility on demand, speed management, safety, and more. Below is just a glimpse of what the education in #ITEAustin2019 had to offer on Monday.
State of ITE Report Released
The State of ITE 2019 Annual Business Meeting Report was issued in conjunction with the Opening Business and Plenary Session on Monday morning. Make sure to read tomorrow's newsletter for a summary of the Opening Session.
Poster Sessions Offer Perspectives on Transportation
Dr. Benjamin Colucci-Rios presents his poster on Hurricane Maria and transportation resilience.
Devin Moore talks about his poster on Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) .
Hardik Shah presents on crash trends on multilane roundabouts.
Austin City Officials Talk Mobility as a Service
Dockless scooters and bikes seem to be on every street corner, but what are the rules of the road when it comes to these new forms of transportation? That issue and more was discussed during Monday's technical session "Mobility as a Service (MaaS) - Coming to a Neighborhood Near You." A. Lee Austin, Traffic Engineer, Austin Transportation Department, Austin, TX, addressed dockless mobility and the challenges of on-street management. "Any special event has got to have a plan for scooter management, otherwise you’ll have piles of scooters outside," she told the packed room of attendees. For example, the City of Austin has been working with scooter vendors before big events, such as South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, shifting some of the responsibility on the companies to help deal with the influx of scooter riders and how they affect other road users. "None of this would work if we didn’t get the scooter companies involved," she said. "They have to be involved with this because we don’t have the staff to manage it on our own."
Inspiring Ideas at the ITE Town Hall
The ITE Town Hall proved to be a lively, interactive discussion where attendees had the chance to hear from and address the ITE Executive Committee on issues such as membership, ITE's global outreach, and the ITE brand. ITE Vice President Randy McCourt helped lead the interactive discussion. One focus of the discussion was how ITE might attract more members to the organization––specifically, professionals who may not have a traditional background in transportation engineering, such as planners. ITE's global presence was also discussed, and attendees suggested ideas for how ITE can work to gain membership from a diverse array of countries.
Looking Ahead: Tuesday Events
Reserve your Spot for Tuesday's Technical Tours
There's still room for a few of the guided technical tours offered on Tuesday. Click here to see the full list. For all technical tours, registrants should meet at the 5th Street entrance of the Hilton Austin.
Get Involved with ITE's Councils and Committees
Have you been wanting to do more with ITE's Councils and Committees, but aren't sure where to start? Stop by the ITE Member Services Area (Governor’s Ballroom, 4th Floor) to speak to representatives from ITE’s Councils and Committees to find out what they are working on and how you can be involved! See below for a full schedule of when you can find representatives from specific councils and committees.
End on a High Note at Maggie Mae's Closing Reception
You've attended technical sessions, explored the exhibit hall, and networked with fellow attendees. Now that the Annual Meeting is winding down, it's time to kick back and relax by attending the ITE Closing Reception at Maggie Mae's on Tuesday night. Come grab a drink and a bite to eat. This event will be among your final opportunities to network with fellow attendees, enjoy a fun atmosphere, and see the best of what Austin has to offer.

When: Tuesday, July 23
6:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.
Where: Maggie Mae's
 323 E. 6th St
ITE Influences Next Generation with STEM Activity Day
#ITEAustin2019 has an educational experience for more than adults! This year, we are offering a special program designed to introduce kids in grades 5-8 grades to the transportation profession through the STEM Activity Day . It a great way to show your kids what you do every day and encourage them to pursue their own career in the transportation field! This free program is put together by the ITE STEM and Family Program Committees.

For parents/guardians/children who are registered to attend, please remember the parent/guardian/caregiver must sign the waiver on the registration form.

When: Tuesday, July 23rd
8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Where: Room 400/402

* Please note, this event has reached maximum capacity and is no longer accepting registrations.
Student and Faculty Leadership Forum
All students, student chapter leaders, faculty, district and section student liaisons, and others interested in supporting student chapters, are invited to join in a discussion on best practices for student chapters, facilitated by ITE’s Transportation Education Council and the Capital Area Section Local Arrangements Committee. Topics will include educational resources available to faculty and students, chapter activities, fundraising, recruitment efforts, and career development opportunities. Come share your own ideas or learn what other chapters are doing in their respective districts.

When: Tuesday, July 23, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Where: Room 615
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Industry News
EtherWAN Offers ITS Training Classes
EtherWAN, a leading manufacturer of connectivity products for transportation solutions, announced that it will be offering ITS training classes for those looking to enhance their knowledge of networking. These industry-specific training courses are part of EtherWAN’s mission to put customers first by providing personalized material that can improve each attendee’s understanding of networks, and ultimately be applied to their unique ITS applications. Visit Booth #215 to learn more, or visit https://buff.ly/2CkxmUC to read about EtherWAN’s ITS training classes. View the full press release here.
Traffic and Parking Control Co., Inc. (TAPCO), manufacturer, distributor and service provider of traffic and parking control products, is proud to announce it will become a distributor of FLIR Systems’ thermal imaging traffic cameras in 36 states and Canada in the field of intelligent wrong-way driving systems. TAPCO will also distribute pedestrian safety detection systems in North America. To learn more click here.
Generation Z – The Fortnite Evolution
Join Eric Rensel, Gannett Fleming vice president and senior transportation operations manager, during a fun and interactive session exploring the desires of Generation Z and how transportation professionals should prepare for their generation. This session, scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, from 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m., is part of the ITE STEM Activity Day and will include a panel of transportation industry leaders and future system users, ranging in age from 10-14 years old. We hope you can join us in this exciting and fun event.
UrbanLogiq Leverages Data Science and Analytics to Help Agencies Achieve Vision Zero
Data analytics startup UrbanLogiq has announced an increased focus on traffic safety , releasing significant updates to their Crashboard: a unified cloud-based analytics tool to analyze incident data alongside related traffic and contextual datasets.

UrbanLogiq demonstrated the solution at the recent Florida Puerto Rico District ITE I3 Transportation Showcase in Orlando, as well as the ITE Northeastern District Annual Meeting in New Haven, CT during presentations on the power of machine learning to inform critical safety initiatives like Vision Zero

The user-friendly Crashboard enables government agencies to identify and prioritize high-risk areas in their network, predict the likelihood and contributors of future incidents and fatalities, and effectively mobilize these insights to help save lives.

Learn more and meet the UrbanLogiq team at booth 415 in the exhibit hall.  
Using Radar, Video or Loops? Sensys Networks Announces Platform Support for All Detection Inputs with the Launch of FlexDetect
FlexDetect enables traffic engineers and transportation agencies to better address their traffic migration and management goals.

Sensys Networks Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of FlexDetect, the newest addition to its industry-leading FlexSuite of products. FlexDetect is a stand-alone, in-cabinet traffic detection solution perfect for any detection technology including sensors, loops, video, and radar. Easily installed, the resulting data is captured and integrated into the Sensys Networks SensTraffic data analytics platform.
“When it comes to traffic technology, our goal is to improve safety and efficiency with integrated platforms.” says Amine Haoui, CEO of Sensys Networks. “FlexDetect enables greater flexibility and cost savings for agencies, who can now use a single platform to manage their data from all detection methods.”
For agencies that are migrating their detection to the Sensys Networks Wireless Vehicle Detection System, FlexDetect allows the SensTraffic data analytics platform to use their legacy detection methods during the transition period. The resulting SensTraffic data analytics help traffic engineers and transportation agencies better address their traffic mitigation and management goals.
For more information about FlexDetect, visit sensysnetworks.com/flexdetect .
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