Intelligent Transportation Society of Maryland (ITSMD) is a non-profit association made up of public, private, and academic organizations that collaborate on improving transportation technology in the state. We focus on using information processing, communications, control, and electronics technologies to enhance transportation systems, which can save lives, time, and money. This association is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Marylanders by constantly improving transportation through the use of advanced technologies. It serves as a forum for public, private, and academic organizations to collaborate and advance intelligent transportation technology in Maryland. ITSMD is a partnership that aims to increase the deployment of ITS technology and increase public understanding of the benefits of technology in transportation. Membership is open to anyone, and information about joining can be found on the membership page.
As the ITS Maryland organization has matured, and the Intelligent Transportation Systems industry has advanced, the chapter’s members have been agile, evolving the vision and mission to assure that ITS Maryland continues to be a relevant and valuable resource for Maryland’s ITS industry.
Although ITS Maryland prepared a Mission statement in 1995, the first official Vision statement appeared in the 1999 ITS Maryland Strategic Plan. It read:
“ITS Maryland will work with the public and private sectors to make Maryland the acknowledged leader in deploying a statewide intelligent transportation system that takes full advantage of appropriate technology to improve (1) the safety and convenience of travelers, (2) the efficiency of Maryland’s transportation system, and (3) our state and regional economies. As a result of ITS Maryland’s activities, the state’s intelligent transportation systems will be fully multi-modal, interoperable and integrated at the state, regional and local levels.”
This vision reflected the purpose of the State Chapter, its role in the continued development of ITS, and emphasized the work that the chapter had been supporting to encourage multi-modal solutions, and statewide system interoperability.
By 2014, ITS Maryland recognized the need to update their Strategic Plan as the industry began to define various ITS facets such as Transporation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), Integrated Corridor Management (ICM), Adaptive Traffic Control Systems (ATCS) and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV). Rather than attempting to increase the complexity of the ITS Maryland Vision Statement to accommodate these new sub-disciplines, the 2014 Strategic Plan simplified the Chapter’s vision to read:
“Having a safe, secure, and efficient surface transportation system that uses technology to improve operations for the movement of people and freight in Maryland.”
The specifics of how to achieve this vision were captured in the new mission statement and strategic goals.