With all of the disruption happening to the transportation industry - new technologies, increasingly digital citizenship, demand for financial transparency - many DOTs have been working to implement transportation analytics and data management platforms. These platforms offer both short-term and long-term benefits. They provide immediate value by connecting current data sources to constituents and other agencies. They also enable more effective data-driven management decisions by making data analysis and predictive analytics possible.
But, the amount of data is still overwhelming, numbering in the billions of data points every day. If you are a DOT leader, you likely studied civil engineering in college, not computer science. You know how to plan to build a bridge over a number of years, but you have less experience running predictive analytics on sensor data from that bridge once it is built.
Welcome to your new challenge: building a totally digital DOT. You must make sense of trillions of data points by building a data processing hub of the highest ability, capacity, and accuracy and one that turns this data into usable and actionable information for your organization. You must do this to keep up with the ever-growing list of intelligent technologies available, like autonomous vehicles, traffic signs that respond to weather, and electromagnetic speed trains.
How do you move forward? The following is a guidebook for how to create your digital, accessible, modern DOT.