Job Announcement at Silicon Vallley Manufacturing Group: Project Manager
- Project Coordinator Sought for Bay Area Web Congestion Mapping &
Traffic Forecasting Pilot Project
SVMG, a public policy trade organization, and OUTREACH, Santa Clara
County's paratransit operator, are launching a pilot program in the Bay
Area to provide commuters and all travelers with real-time and forecast
traffic information. We are looking for a project manager to help with
specific aspects of the project. This is a volunteer position. It would
be a great internship or masters project. More details are provided
below. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more
information about the project, please contact Laura Stuchinsky at SVMG at
lstuchinsky@... or 408-501-7851.
Transit agencies around the region have been increasing their use of
technology to maximize the efficiency of our transportation system.
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) run the gamut from signal
synchronization, to electronic toll payment (Fastrak), to MTC's phone-based
traveler information system (511), which provides real-time information on
area traffic conditions. All are designed to maximize traffic flow on
our roads, facilitate seamless movement for transit riders across
county boundaries and transit operators, and provide more accurate
information to commuters.
In an attempt to enhance those efforts, SVMG and OUTREACH, are
collaborating on a pilot program to expand the amount, and accuracy, of real
time traffic information available to Bay Area commuters. The project
will also demonstrate the feasibility of projecting future travel times
based on historic data. The information will be initially distributed via
the Internet and eventually integrated into MTC's 511 system.
The project will use commercial-off-the-shelf software and hardware
along with Internet- based communication to collect and analyze roadway
data. The data will be collected from a variety of sources, including
transportation agencies, private companies, and volunteers using low cost
in-vehicle probes-primarily GPS-equipped personal digital assistants
(PDAs) in vehicles. Both real time and historical data can be collected
on most current model PDAs. Volunteers will be able to download a free
program from OUTREACH's web site enabling them to participate as data
This pilot project is being developed entirely through donated labor,
equipment and software. The project will be launched in stages over the
next 12 months and will be fully operational when the 2005 ITS World
Congress in San Francisco opens its doors in November 2005. This pilot
is one of a handful chosen by Caltrans to be profiled at that
The Project Coordinator will provide day-to-day technical project
coordination, monitor progress, and provide routine status reports to
Outreach and SVMG. Activities include daily updates of the ITS Portal site,
routine email and voice communication with volunteer developers,
arranging meetings with potential data providers and providing technical
coordination between data providers and software developers.
Candidate should be familiar with Microsoft SQL and other back-office
systems. Familiarity with real time databases, statistical forecasting
tools and data translation tools and techniques will be valuable.
Candidate should also have familiarity with GPS and wireless technology
including GPRS real time connections to the Internet. Microsoft VB or
VB.NET programming experience will also help provide overall project
technology base. Probe development using Windows Mobile or Windows CE
experience will also be valuable.
Coordinator will be expected to spend a minimum of one hour per day on
this project. Familiarity with Web development tools including
FrontPage will be helpful. Routine meetings with the ITS volunteers will take
place at Outreach headquarters.