Library: 1203 - NTCIP Object Definitions for Dynamic Message Signs (DMS)

Document Number: Document Type: Former Doc. Number: Document Status: Published:
1203 Device Data Dictionary TS3.6-1997 v01 Jointly Approved; v02 Recommended Standard; v03 Recommended Standard
Developed By: Dynamic Message Signs Working Group
Point of Contact: Mark Morse, Washington State Department of Transportation
MIB Available: Management Information Base is available
Published: Published and available for free download. Click to shopping cart above to register and download the document.
Description of Document:
NTCIP 1203 v02 defines the user needs and features, functional requirements, and standardized design elements for dynamic message signs. DMS include all types of signs that can change state. NTCIP 1203 v02 also includes a Protocol Requirements List table, standardized data exchange dialogs, the DMS MIB object definitions, the markup language MULTI, and a Requirements Traceability Matrix.

Document Status:

Date submitted: 8/15/2012

TAKE NOTE OF MULTIPLE VERSIONS -- The "shopping cart" above initiates the downloading of 1203 v01 for a limited time. The PDFs for the 1203 v02 Recommended Standard, and the 1203 v03 Recommended Standard, are both posted below.

VERSION v01 HISTORY -- Ending in 1998, AASHTO, ITE, and NEMA balloted and approved the Recommended Standard TS_3.6 v01.14. In March 2000, the printed version of the Joint Standards Publication NTCIP 1203:1997 was available. NTCIP 1203:1997 is version v01.15, the December 1999 edition. The NTCIP 1203 v01.15 included the October 1998 Recommended Technical Revisions for TS_3.6, filename err36v1a.doc, which started as the "Proposed Draft Errata #1," May 1997. NEMA requested and was approved for one-year extensions on re-affirmation or replacement action in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, while 1203 v02 was being drafted and revised. In 2006, and due to the delay in preparing 1203 v02, NEMA re-affirmed NTCIP 1203:1997, but a revised title page with "(R2006)" was not issued.

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AMENDMENT 1 HISTORY -- In 2000 thru 2001, the NTCIP DMS WG developed "1203 Amendment 1" in response to user comments from deployment and testing. In March 2001, the Joint Committee accepted 1203 Amendment 1 as a Recommended Amendment. A copy of Amendment 1 v07 is posted below. In 2002, the "1203 Amendment 1" was Jointly Approved.

VERSION v02 HISTORY -- In 2003, the Joint Committee accepted 1203 v02.20 as a User Comment Draft. Standards Bulletin B0083 sent 1203 v02.20c for comment. In 2004, the Joint Committee accepted 1203 v02.26 as a second-round User Comment Draft. In March 2007, the Joint Committee accepted 1203 v02.35 as a Recommended Standard. In 2008 to 2009, the three normative references included in NTCIP 1203 v02 (to NTCIP 1103, NTCIP 1201, and NTCIP 8004) were each advanced to Recommended Standard stage, to be at a stage equal to NTCIP 1203 v02. In 2010, the drafting of NTCIP 1203 v03 Annex C "Test Procedures" provided a traceability walk-through of, and quality improvement of, NTCIP 1203 v02.38+. In November 2010, the Joint Committee accepted 1203 v02.39a as a replacement Recommended Standard, and Bulletin B0140 sent 1203 v02.39b to the SDOs for balloting. Approved by NEMA in February 2011; approved by ITE in June 2011; approval by AASHTO under review.

VERSION v03 HISTORY -- In fall 2009, the NTCIP 1203 major version v03 Test Procedures work item was started. In August 2010, the NTCIP Joint Committee accepted NTCIP 1203 v03.01 Annex C rev A as a User Comment Draft, which was distributed for review and comment via NTCIP Standards Bulletin B0138. In May 2011, the NTCIP Joint Committee accepted NTCIP 1203 v03 as a Recommended Standard. In Auguste 2011, Standards Bulleting B0142 sent 1203 v03.04 Parts 1 and 2 to the SDOs. AASHTO approved in December 2011; NEMA approved in February 2012; ITE approved in May 2012; Jointly Approved. See the PDF files below.


2012 -- the NTCIP 1203 v02.39b ballot status by AASHTO is being investigated; approved by ITE and NEMA in 2011.

The 1203 v02 PRL and RTM excerpts will also be posted.

2012 -- the 1203 v03 Part 1, and Part 2 - Annex C Test Procedures, are Jointly Approved by the SDOs; publication will follow.


What's Available:


      NTCIP Standards Bulletin B0142, Distribute 1203 v03 for Ballot,
      Date Posted: 9/2/2011 8:10:36 AM
      Document Description: Document Description: Request for Ballot and Approval.
      NTCIP Standards Bulletin B0140, Request for ballot to approve 1203 v02,
      Date Posted: 11/23/2010 1:41:17 PM
      Document Description: Request to Ballot and Approve.
      Five Year Review and Action on NTCIP Standards: 1101, 1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, and 2001,
      Date Posted: 12/23/2003 3:11:20 PM
      Document Description: Request for Action for Extension or Reaffirmation.
      Recommended Amendment 1 to NTCIP 1203:1997, Object Definitions for Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), part of the NTCIP,
      Date Posted: 11/2/2001
      Document Description: Request for Ballot to Approve.


      NTCIP 1203 v03 Part 1 DMS, Dynamic Message Signs,
      Date Posted: 9/2/2011 8:14:05 AM
      Document Description: Recommended Standard of the NTCIP Joint Committee.
      NTCIP 1203 v03 Part 2 Annex C Test Procedures,
      Date Posted: 9/2/2011 8:15:07 AM
      Document Description: Recommended Standard of the NTCIP Joint Committee.
      NTCIP 1203 v0239b, DMS,
      Date Posted: 11/23/2010 1:43:11 PM
      Document Description: Recommended Standard of the NTCIP Joint Committee.
      NTCIP 1203 Amendment 1,
      Date Posted: 6/3/2001 4:45:23 PM
      Document Description: This document is NTCIP 1203 Amendment 1. This document, when approved by AASHTO, ITE, and NEMA, will revise NTCIP Standards Publication NTCIP 1203:1997, version 01.15, December 1999.

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