The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a free, public conference in December to discuss how Geographic Information Systems technology, or GIS, is able to affect transportation safety.
NTSB said the meeting will identify emerging themes, current challenges and potential solutions to increase transportation safety.
While cost savings through route optimization can be a common goal for student transporters who use or are interested in using GIS, the technology can also help determine the safe seletion of bus stops, track students on and off the bus and give the exact location of the vehicle itself, said Kerry Somerville, director of business development for U.S. Computing, an ESRI business partner and reseller, in the November edition of School Transportation News magazine.
During the The NTSB conference on Dec. 4 and 5 in Washington, D.C., researchers, transportation safety practitioners and GIS experts will cover how the technology uses geographically referenced data, precise investigation and effective visualization of data.
A panel discussion will open the meeting on Dec. 4 as it discusses advances in GIS data, technologies and techniques as well as data limitations and geospatial initiatives currently implemented by U.S. Department of Transportation agencies. Subsequent panels will discuss data standards, requirements, sources and technological innovations, and the integration of vehicle-to-vehicle communications and the use of GIS in traffic safety and law enforcement.
The event concludes on Dec. 5 with panels on multi-model application and analysis. Both days will also feature an exhibit of GIS solutions.
The conference will be streamed live and archived on the NTSB website in the "News & Events" section.