The development of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) — the use of information and communications technology to improve traffic flow and safety — is still young, but the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is looking for videos that demonstrate how it is making transportation better in communities. The best overall video will be honored at the 2011 ITS World Congress in Orlando, Fla., in October.

To enter in U.S. DOT's ITS video challenge, participants must create an original video highlighting the deployment of ITS technology in their community. Videos should focus on one example of ITS deployment for any type of surface transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, auto and freight.

Entrants should upload the video to YouTube and e-mail the URL link for the video to U.S. DOT at open@dot.gov. Entries must have "ITS Video Challenge" on the entry e-mail's subject line. The e-mail should include the name and affiliation of each team member and the non-personal email address of the team member who will serve as the main point of contact. Videos will be evaluated based on the participants' description of the ITS technology's deployment, the benefits of the ITS technology and the creativity of presentation.

Authorized travel expenses will be paid for up to four members of the winning team to attend the ITS World Congress in Orlando, Fla., on October 16-20. In addition, video entries may be recognized by the U.S. DOT through the Secretary of Transportation's "Fast Lane" blog on the U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration website, or shown on the U.S. DOT's YouTube channel.

June 30 is the deadline to enter the contest. The ITS Video Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration.

Read more information about the U.S. DOT's ITS video challenge.

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