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Application Areas

Lighting Management


This center-to-field application area covers the interface between a traffic management center and electrical and lighting devices located in the field. Together, the field devices (luminaires, electric circuits, etc.) and management stations (computing platforms) comprise the Electrical and Lighting Management System (ELMS).
This graphic shows the scope of the Center to Field Lighting Management application area.  This scope is described in the preceding text.
National ITS Architecture Interface
This application area includes the interface between the center subsystem that remotely controls roadside illumination and the electrical and lighting devices in the Roadway Subsystem (RS). The Traffic Management Subsystem (TMS) controls electrical and lighting devices by sending information for initialization, configuration, and control. This exchange of information includes schedules for light activation, electrical circuit configuration, dimming, control mode commands, requests for activation logs, and queries on equipment status and condition. The electrical and lighting device responds with the current operating status information (including fault information) when requested.

Applicable Standards

In general, the following standards are applicable to Lighting Management deployments. To determine which specific standards are applicable for a deployment you will need to determine which architecture flows will be needed for the Lighting Management piece of your deployment. Contact your local FHWA ITS Division Specialist or an ITS Standards Program Field Support Team contact

Standard Development Status
ATC 5201 (ITE ATC Controller) Advanced Transportation Controller (ATC) ; Published
ATC 5301 Advanced Transportation Controller (ATC) Cabinet Version 02; Published
ITE ATC API Application Programming Interface (API) Standard for the Advanced Transportation Controller (ATC); Published
NTCIP 1102 Octet Encoding Rules (OER) Base Protocol; Published
NTCIP 1103 Transportation Management Protocols (TMP); Published
NTCIP 1213 Object Definitions for Electrical and Lighting Management Systems (ELMS); Published
NTCIP 2101 Point to Multi-Point Protocol Using RS-232 Subnetwork Profile; Published
NTCIP 2102 Point to Multi-Point Protocol Using FSK Modem Subnetwork Profile; Published
NTCIP 2103 Point-to-Point Protocol Over RS-232 Subnetwork Profile; Published
NTCIP 2104 Ethernet Subnetwork Profile; Published
NTCIP 2201 Transportation Transport Profile; Published
NTCIP 2202 Internet (TCP/IP and UDP/IP) Transport Profile; Published
NTCIP 2301 Simple Transportation Management Framework (STMF) Application Profile; Published
NTCIP 2302 Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) Application Profile; Published
NTCIP 2303 File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Application Profile; Published
NTCIP 8003 Profile Framework; Published
NTCIP 9001 NTCIP Guide; Published
SAE J2266 Location Referencing Message Specification (LRMS); Published
Deployment Resources
Deployment resources can be found in the deployment resources section.