Upcoming Webinar on the Smart Columbus Program Connected Vehicle Environment Concept of Operations

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will host a free webinar on the Smart Columbus program's Connected Vehicle Environment (CVE) Concept of Operations (ConOps). The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET.


Columbus, OH, was selected as the winner of the USDOT's Smart City Challenge in 2016. As the winner, Columbus intends to define what it means to be a "smart city" and serve as a model for other cities wishing to fully integrate innovative technologies-such as automated vehicles, connected vehicles, and smart sensors-into the transportation network.

Columbus is acting as a laboratory for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and disseminating lessons learned and best practices to cities across the United States in an effort known as Smart Columbus. The goal of the Smart Columbus program is to connect people by creating opportunity for city residents to better access jobs and services while improving the overall safety and efficiency of the city's transportation network. The Smart Columbus program is comprised of nine individual projects covering three themes -- enabling technologies, emerging technologies, and enhanced human services.

The CVE, one of the nine Smart Columbus projects, is a significant enabler to technologies delivered through the other projects. The CVE project will integrate smart traveler applications, automated vehicles, connected vehicles, and smart sensors into its transportation network by focusing on building infrastructure and applications. The project will install roadside units and other connected vehicle-compatible equipment at signalized intersections in the project area and onboard units on participating private, emergency, transit, and freight vehicles. The CVE is expected to enhance safety and mobility for vehicle operators and improve pedestrian safety in school zones by deploying connected vehicle infrastructure on the roadside and in vehicles. The CVE will also provide sources of high-quality data for traffic management and safety purposes. The connected vehicle infrastructure deployment will occur along seven major corridors and areas. The deployment of in-vehicle devices will target populations that are located near or frequently use the infrastructure deployment corridors.

Webinar Details

This webinar will focus on the ConOps developed by the City of Columbus. The ConOps conveys a high-level view of the system to be implemented from the viewpoint of each stakeholder. It frames the overall system, sets the technical course for the project, and serves as a bridge between early project motivations and the technical requirements. Finally, the ConOps offers stakeholders -- and the larger ITS community -- the opportunity to provide input as to how the proposed system should function, which will help build consensus and create a single vision for the system moving forward.

This webinar is the first in a series of webinars focusing on ConOps and trade studies developed as part of the Smart Columbus program. Stay tuned for more upcoming public webinars from the Smart Columbus program.


Title: Smart Columbus Program Connected Vehicle Environment (CVE) Concept of Operations (ConOps) Webinar
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/e2RXyG9nRHD0Xl973

For more information on the Smart Columbus Program, please visit the City of Columbus's website at: https://www.columbus.gov/smartcolumbus/home/.