The 5 Must-See Talks at the ATSSA 2020 Traffic Expo

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The ATSSA 2020 Traffic Expo is fast approaching, and this year’s lineup is bursting with concurrent sessions, micro sessions and traffic talks covering a huge breadth of topics by national traffic safety leaders. Deciding the best way to spend your time amid so many options is difficult, so we’ve done some of the work for you. Here’s our take on the five must-see events at this year’s expo in New Orleans, LA on January 24 through 28.

Using Data Exchanges to Increase Work Zone Safety

Sun. Jan. 26, 1:30 – 2 p.m., Tradeshow Floor (booth to be announced at a later date)
Micro Session

Ready access to reliable work zone data nationwide is invaluable for improving dynamic road condition safety, which is why the USDOT launched the Work Zone Data Exchange Project. FHWA leader Todd Peterson will explain how communities can use the project’s robust data to optimize work zone planning and integrate automated driving systems, key challenges for many traffic safety leaders both now and in the future.


Improving Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety and Creating Safer Roads with New Technologies

Mon. Jan. 27, 9 – 10 a.m., Room 357
Concurrent Session

New technologies like connected vehicle-ready infrastructure and advanced thermal detection are revolutionizing traffic safety, and updates are being developed rapidly. Learn about the latest technological advancements you can leverage in your community to increase safety, efficiency and mobility for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users in this comprehensive session led by leaders from TAPCO, FLIR Systems and Impact Recovery.


Connected and Automated Vehicle Case Studies - Practitioner Lessons Learned

Mon. Jan. 27, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m., Room 344/345
Concurrent Session

While connected and autonomous vehicle technology continues to gain momentum, many traffic safety leaders are unsure how to get started and maximize effectiveness. How do you develop a robust CV project plan? And how can you future-proof your investments? Learn from the experiences of a Siemens engineer and two leaders from different state departments of transportation to get answers to these questions and more during their talk and panel discussion.


Traffic Control Device Student Challenge Winners Presentations

Mon. Jan. 27, 3 – 3:30 p.m., ATSSA Pavilion #940
Traffic Talk

Discover innovations from the traffic safety leaders of tomorrow by listening to presentations led by the top competitors from TRB and ATSSA’s Traffic Control Device (TCD) Challenge. Competitors are high school and university students tasked with developing life-saving roadway improvements, with this year’s focus being “Connected and Autonomous Innovations for Improving Work Zone Safety.” Hear their fresh ideas for creating a safer, smarter tomorrow.


Predicting and Managing Work Zone Operations Using Analytics and Technology

Tue. Jan. 28, 8 – 9 a.m., Room 346/347
Concurrent Session

When the FHWA mandated all four lanes on a 47-mile stretch of Interstate 39/90 – going from the Illinois state line to Madison, Wisconsin – needed to remain open during daylight hours, the WisDOT launched a $1.2 billion successful expansion program. Discover how the department used predictive analytics and a variety of technologies to generate effective traffic data that could determine if unsafe work zone conditions would occur.


The ATSSA 2020 Traffic Expo is shaping up to be thought-provoking and educational, and we’re excited to be a part of it. Check out our wrong-way, CVI and pedestrian crossing technology, among others, at booth #1343, and be sure to attend the New Products Rollout event Sun. Jan. 26 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on the show floor to learn about our new SafeWalk™ Crosswalk Illuminator. We look forward to connecting with you at the expo.


View the full ATSSA 2020 Expo schedule here.

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