Benefits and uses
Special Studies Research Administrator and data facilitator Julius Codjoe, Ph.D., P.E., explained, “By archiving those data streams as they come in, and then fusing them with other agency data sets like the location of crashes, weather data, signal systems locations, etc., users of the RITIS platform can view or produce compelling visualizations about the performance of Louisiana’s roadways and answer many tough questions. This data provides deep insights into congestion and systems performance on Louisiana roadways, and is particularly innovative in that nearly all roads are covered 24/7/365.”
For example, access to RITIS data and data tools will help DOTD staff accurately report to media or elected officials about roadway incidents and subsequent impacts, plan for future events by analyzing past events in detail, and make the case for funding future projects or which projects should be prioritized over others. Similarly, planners and researchers can use these data tools to document the movement patterns of people and goods and monitor where mobility or safety is improving or degrading. And agency executives and senior managers, who need to communicate visions about where their agencies are headed, can use the RITIS data and tools to help them understand the present and recent past, choose and articulate realistic goals and objectives, select performance metrics and targets, and then monitor reports on progress.