The 2018 Best of ITS Award
Application Submissions Closed

ITS America’s competitive “Best of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Award” annually recognizes organizations that have implemented the most advanced transportation projects in the transportation and technology industry. This program aims to distinguish organizations whose projects demonstrate specific and measurable outcomes and exemplify innovation.

In 2018, ITS America will award a Best Partnership Project winner:

Your project should fit in with this year’s theme: Transportation 2.0

OEM’s, suppliers, and technology firms are in a race to modernize our current transportation systems. These changes will bring about adaptations in how people fundamentally interact with transportation and how they provide and receive goods and services. What new business models will emerge from these changes? What challenges? Will modalities be combined? These are the overarching questions that are vital to prepare markets, governments, and researchers for the future. 

  • Connectivity, Autonomy and the Future of Transportation and Transport
  • Electrification and Infrastructure
  • Regulatory and Financial Challenges Related to Deployment of ITS Technologies
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy Opportunities and Challenges
  • Transportation Systems Operations
  • The Impacts & Opportunities of Big Data

Descriptions of the above can be found at

Eligibility Requirements & Criteria

  • Only ITS America members are eligible for consideration. Entries may include multiple project partners, but only ITS America members will receive formal recognition.
  • Only projects implemented in North America will be considered.
  • Only entries for projects deployed in the 2017 or 2018 calendar year will be considered.
  • Entries should be detailed enough to present the merits of the entry but should not exceed 3,000 words.
  • All award applications must highlight a business-to-business, government-to-government, or public-private cross-jurisdictional and/or multi-disciplinary partnership that resulted in a successful ITS project that demonstrates the impact of ITS on both the present and the future.
  • Entrants may submit more than one project in the overall awards competition
  • All submissions are due to ITS America by COB Friday, March 16, 2018. Use the subject line “ATTN: Rachel Rettberg – Best of ITS Awards” and email your entry to

Award Selection Procedure
Entries will be reviewed by ITS Americas staff and final selections made by the ITS America Board of Directors. Awards will not be given in categories that only receive one nomination.

Winning Projects Featured at “Best of ITS Showcase”
The winner will be announced at the “Best of ITS Showcase & State DOT Reception,” at the Annual Meeting. Top finalists will receive tabletop space to set up a display highlighting their winning project. During the showcase and reception, guests, including state DOT officials, will be invited to tour the displays to learn more about each project.

Format and Submission Instructions
The following information must appear on a cover sheet in the document:

  • Name of the project (as it should appear in all materials and on the award)
  • Category entered
  • Name of organization(s) (as it should appear in all materials and on the award)
  • Mailing address
  • Contact person (full name, job title, affiliation, email)

Nomination Questionnaire
All entries are to be in a narrative format and should address the following questions:

  • Project Description: What is the purpose of the project? What needs and challenges does it address? Whom does it serve? Was it designed as a short-term or long-term effort? How does it further the development and/or deployment of ITS? How does it help the organization achieve its goals?
  • Project Results: Using a “before and after” comparison, please describe the project’s results—the specific and measurable outcomes—and explain how you measure performance. Prior to the start of the project, what were the conditions, results, or situations that serve as “the baseline” against which you compare the project’s outcomes? What are the results of the project?
  • Project Impact: How does it make a difference in the lives of people? How does it advance safety, sustainability and security? 
  • Potential as a Model:  How can the project serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by other organizations?
  • Additional Background: Provide information about the origin and implementation of the project such as: Who was responsible for starting it? Were any particular funding sources, resources, partnerships, and alliances particularly helpful in implementing and sustaining it? What is its future?
  • Statement by the Project’s Leadership: Regarding the processes of innovation, leadership, and building partnerships, have you gained any knowledge or insight that might be instructive or inspiring to others?
  • The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) advocates for industries marrying tech and transportation, putting transportation at the center of the Internet of Things (IoT). ITS America works to identify and drive public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels to advance deployment of the technologies that will support data-driven integrated mobility.