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The NTCIP is a family of standards that provides both the rules for communicating (called protocols) and the vocabulary (called objects) necessary to allow electronic traffic control equipment from different manufacturers to operate with each other as a system. The NTCIP is the first set of standards for the transportation industry that allows traffic control systems to be built using a "mix and match" approach with equipment from different manufacturers. Therefore, NTCIP standards reduce the need for reliance on specific equipment vendors and customized one-of-a-kind software. To assure both manufacturer and user community support, NTCIP is a joint product of the National Electronics Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The NTCIP originated as the National Transportation Communications for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Protocol (NTCIP).
The NTCIP is part of a larger effort to develop a family of ITS standards. To read a two page summary explaining the role of the NTCIP in ITS standards, click here.
In 1996, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) teamed with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) under a contract with what is now Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology contract to obtain more direct user input in the standards development process. The NTCIP Steering Group has been reorganized as the Joint Committee on the NTCIP, an official Steering Committee of the FHWA-funded project.
A description of the NTCIP committee organization is available in the NTCIP Forum "NTCIP Committees." In the Committee Forum, there is a Conference for each committee and working group, with postings for rosters of the voting members, activity descriptions, and status reports.
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