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To report an incident, call the Transportation Management Center at: (401) 222-3005

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ITS Glossary

Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS)
The gathering of information through various means and compiling it to disseminate the information to the public.

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Changeable Message Sign (CMS) - Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) - Variable Message Sign (VMS)
Electronic sign capable of displaying real-time traffic information.

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Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) - Surveillance Cameras
RIDOT cameras along highways to locate or verify incidents. This is a tool that provides a quicker response time for emergency personnel. (i.e., police, fire, and medical)

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Fiber Optics
An informational transfer technology using transparent fibers of glass or plastic to transmit light from one point to another.

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Geographic Informational Services (GIS)
Computer application involving the storage and manipulation of electronic maps and related data.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Advanced technology that enhances existing highway infrastructure to improve safety, increase capacity, and operate more efficiently.

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National Transportation Communication for Intelligent Transportation Systems Protocol (NTCIP)
Provides a communication standard that ensures the interoperability of traffic control and ITS devices.

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Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)
Agency responsible for the development and maintenance of the highway and bridge system in Rhode Island. RIDOT is responsible for right of way acquisition, transportation planning, design, construction, and maintenance of their local facilities as well as planning and construction for other modes of transportation.

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Rhodeways
Name given to the Rhode Island Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

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Vehicle Detector
Vehicle sensors either embedded in the pavement or mounted above the freeway to provide vehicle volume, speed, counts, headway, queue lengths, and vehicle classifications.

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