Focus Area
Transportation Systems Management & Operations
Submitting On Behalf Of
TRB Committee on Freeway Operations
Critical - High Priority
$500,000 - 749,000
1 - 2 years
Type of Research
Full Research Project
Date Posted
Aug 4, 2020
Not Funded

Research Description

Software as a service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the Internet. SaaS is one of three main categories of cloud computing, alongside infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).

Many State and Local operating agencies have begun to replace legacy transportation management systems in recent years, and some have considered allowing cloud hosting of various pieces of their TMS. With these services available to State and Local traffic management agencies, this research will determine how cloud and edge computing has and could impact the TMS for security, cost, flexibility, and other factors. Additionally, the research will examine where it is currently used, types of uses and how the architecture of traffic management systems could be modified to support these services.

The research will include a State of the Practice, Data Collection on potential uses and services, and a practitioners guide to using Cloud Computing and Software as a Service within the transportation management system.

The objectives of this research are to: (1) review existing studies on use of cloud computing for various traffic management and transportation management application, and (2) provide guidance on the planning, design, procurement, and operations and maintenance of

Additional Supporting Information

There is increasing awareness and deployments of use of Cloud Computing and Software as a Service for Traffic Management Systems and there is a need for better understanding, methods, and guidelines to avoid the lessons learned and issues from early implementers and to procure services that are cost-efficient and produce benefits.

Submitted By
Jim Katsafanas
Michael Baker International


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