The University of Mississippi Intelligent
Transportation Systems Project along with the Geoinformatics
Center will host a how-to session on Monday, April 19 at 6:30
p.m. in the Old Chemistry Building.
The meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday,
is open to the public and is being held because of numerous
phone calls received from the public about zoning changes and
how to use the ITS Web site.
Director of the University of Mississippi
Geoinformatics Center Greg Easson said that instead of going
to the courthouse, those interested in seeing the city zoning
changes can view those changes on the Web site, oumits.olemiss.edu.
However, many people, he said, are unfamiliar
with the Web site, and the how-to session will explain what
the data on the Web site is and how to use it.
"We hope to explain to people what
the layers mean," Easson said.
The ITS Project is working in conjunction
with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to instate
what will be one of the first rural intelligent transportation
systems in the state.
The intelligent transportation system's
most basic goal, Easson said, is to give people information.
Funded by NASA, the University of Mississippi
Geoinformatics Center, according to their mission statement,
is dedicated "to improving the understanding, usage and
access to geo-spatial information. This geo-spatial information
is any data about the earth or earth processes that can be obtained
directly or using a form of remote sensing. The data is then
analyzed and/or enhanced using computer programs and results
are displayed in a meaningful manner."
There will be traffic cameras installed
in various places around Oxford, one place being the top of
the Turner Center.
Easson said that this will be especially
beneficial to college students because it will enable them to
access a Web site before leaving and look at commuter parking
to determine the fastest way to go and the best place to park.
MDOT Deputy Director for External Affairs
Amy Hornback said that similar programs have been in the works
She said that Jackson's MS Traffic was
the pilot program, and since then because of the success of
the Jackson program, intelligent transportation systems have
been installed in Harrison, Hancock and Jackson Counties along
the Gulf Coast, as well as in Desoto County.
Hornback said that intelligent transportation
systems will eventually become statewide, and before the end
of the year, the systems already in place will be accessible
through Jackson's www.goMDOT.com.