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Communication and technology issues address how responders communicate with each other (particularly interagency communications) and with travelers, and how technologies can be used to improve incident response and management. The scan team observed a few examples of how communications and technology can be used to improve the implementation of strategic and tactical activities and coordinate the incident response actions of various responders. This chapter describes the use of traffic management centers and communication practices to improve the effectiveness of incident responses and the team's associated recommendations.
The team visited several transportation-related centers, listed in table 9. These centers provided valuable insight into various aspects of traffic incident response activities.
|Name of Center||Location||Type of Center|
|RAC Control Centre||Bescot, England (near Birmingham)||Auto club dispatch center|
|National Traffic Control Centre||Quinton, England (near Birmingham)||National traffic information center|
|ANWB Dispatch Centre||Wolfheze, Netherlands||Auto club dispatch center|
|Trafik Stockholm Center||Stockholm, Sweden||Traffic management center|
The National Traffic Control Centre in England was of particular interest, as its purpose was to coordinate distribution of traffic information to road users on a national level. The team believes that coordinating travel information on a national and/or regional basis has value and recommends the following.
|Recommendation 24: Coordinated Traffic Information Centers|
Agencies in the United States should implement traffic information centers on a national, State, and/or regional basis to coordinate the distribution of traffic information to road users, improve traffic incident data sharing, and coordinate national incident response performance measurement on a 24/7 basis.
The team learned that the European hosts face many of the challenges that U.S. practitioners face. One of the team's observations was that the various responders had good communication capabilities and coordinated them at a national or regional level. Accordingly, the team recommends improved communications practices in the United States.
|Recommendation 25: Improving Communication Practices|
U.S. communication practices should be improved by integrating traffic incident communication needs through SAFECOM in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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