INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES OF STANDARDIZATION: THE CASE OF AUTOMATIC EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION

Standards and protocols are vital to successful implementation of new technologies, and they are critical in the establishment of inter-firm networks and cooperation. For intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies, delay and lack of agreement among firms and government agencies on standards has been evident, especially in the case of radio frequency transponders used to identify vehicles. These systems are known as automatic vehicle identification (AVI) in highway applications and automatic equipment identification (AEI) in railroad applications. This paper examines the process by which the Association of American Railroads (AAR), through its constituent members, arrived at a consensus standard for North American AEI deployment. The railroads agreed to mandate this standard, without government participation, so that the AEI transponder standards would be required for any railroad which intends to interchange cars with other AAR member lines. This paper will take a retrospective look at the history of the remarkably successful deployment of AEI standards in the rail industry and attempt to highlight key issues that may be beneficial to other ongoing standardization efforts in ITS.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 993-1000

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724830
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1996 12:00AM