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Gary F. Duncan

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TE member Gary F. Duncan, Econolite's senior vice president and chief technology officer,
recently retired on December 31, 2017. He joined Econolite in 1973, and during his tenure
was responsible for the development of many of Econolite's technologies and products,
as well as helping establish many of the industry's standards, including the communications
standards for connected vehicles. Gary will remain in an executive advisory role for the
company, and recently shared his experiences with ITE Journal.

ITE JOURNAL: How did you begin your
career in the transportation industry,
with a focus on intelligent transportation
systems (ITS)?
GARY DUNCAN: After graduating from
the University of California Los Angeles
(UCLA) School of Engineering, I started
my engineering career in the aerospace
industry in 1970. My initial job was to work
on the electrical sub-system of the B-1
Bomber. I quickly realized that I wanted
to have a more hands-on engineering role
than what I could find in aerospace, and I
ended up taking a position at Econolite in
their application engineering group. This
allowed me to learn how all the elements
of a traffic control cabinet worked together
and taught me the basics of intersection control. After that work, I had the
opportunity to join a team at Econolite that
was developing the first microprocessor
based traffic controller. This eventually led
to my developing one of the first softwarebased coordinators integrated with a
traffic controller. This experience allowed
me to gain a better working knowledge
of all of the aspects of traffic controllers
and how they safely and efficiently control
traffic at an intersection. Over my many
years at Econolite, I have been able to be
involved in many aspects of ITS, including:
intelligent controllers, sensors, preemption
and priority control systems, communication systems, LED displays, and of late,
connected vehicles.
ITEJ: How have you seen the ITS industry
change over your 40-year career?
GD: When I first started at Econolite, the
industry was still using simple electrome24

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chanical fixed time and analog based traffic
controllers. Digital controllers were being
introduced to the industry by Econolite a
few years before I started my career in ITS.
By the mid-70s the microprocessor was
enabling a new generation of controller
that allowed more advanced capabilities
yet proved easier to use and was less costly.
The ITS industry has been quick to take
advantage of advances being made in
both hardware and software technology.
Over my career I have seen more and
more advanced controllers (NEMA TS1,
TS2, 170, 2070, ATC); the introduction of
advanced vehicle sensors using both video
and radar technologies; sophisticated
yet affordable traffic management and
communication systems; the advent of cost
effective adaptive systems; and low cost and
power efficient display technologies.
Some of the key milestones in the
arterial ITS industry include: advanced
controllers; closed loop systems-bringing
the capability of large expensive ATMS
solutions to small and medium agencies; vehicle detection systems like video
and radar with advanced capabilities;
improved hardwire, fiber, and wireless
communications; widespread use of adaptive systems; and improved data collection
and monitoring of traffic networks.
The industry is on the verge of a major
disruptive change with the coming of
connected and automated vehicles. The
ability to share data between vehicles
and the infrastructure will allow for a
new generation of controllers and traffic
control applications that will provide more
efficient and safe intersection control. In
some regards, it's sad for me to be stepping

away from the ITS Industry just as these
changes are about to happen.
ITEJ: How did you first become involved
as a member of ITE, and what has your
experience been like?
GD: My initial involvement with ITE was at
the industry level; supporting ITE's activities,
conferences, and exhibits. I became more
actively involved with ITE when the National
Electrical Manufacturers Association
(NEMA) TS2 standard was being developed,
helping to inform the ITE membership of
what the TS2 standard consisted of and
how it could benefit ITE members. My
involvement with ITE increased with the
advent of the joint standards development
efforts supported by ITE, the American
Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and NEMA. The first of
these jointly developed standards were the
National Transportation Communications
for Intelligent Transportation System
Protocol (NTCIP) family of standards and
the Advanced Transportation Controller
(ATC) standards. I had the privilege of being
involved from the beginning on both the
NTCIP and ATC Joint Committees that
helped guide the direction of the standards
developed together with being involved with
helping develop the standards at a working
group level.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ITE Journal February 2018

President’s Message
Director’s Message
People in the Profession
News
Op/Ed: Why the Uptick in Toll Roads?
Op/Ed: The P3 Paradox
Where in the World?
Calendar
2018 ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl Kicks Off
Technical Programs Division Spotlight
Member to Member: Gary F. Duncan
Member to Member: Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP
New Products
Industry News
Breaking Barriers to Bike Share: Lessons on Bike Share Equity
The Value of Vanpooling as a Strategic, Cost-effective, and Sustainable Transportation Option
Delivering Impactful Projects Quickly and Effectively
Trip and Parking Generation for Shopping Centers in Jordan
Professional Services Directory
ITE Journal February 2018 - 1
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ITE Journal February 2018 - 3
ITE Journal February 2018 - President’s Message
ITE Journal February 2018 - 5
ITE Journal February 2018 - Director’s Message
ITE Journal February 2018 - 7
ITE Journal February 2018 - People in the Profession
ITE Journal February 2018 - 9
ITE Journal February 2018 - News
ITE Journal February 2018 - 11
ITE Journal February 2018 - 12
ITE Journal February 2018 - 13
ITE Journal February 2018 - Op/Ed: Why the Uptick in Toll Roads?
ITE Journal February 2018 - 15
ITE Journal February 2018 - Op/Ed: The P3 Paradox
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ITE Journal February 2018 - 18
ITE Journal February 2018 - 19
ITE Journal February 2018 - Calendar
ITE Journal February 2018 - 21
ITE Journal February 2018 - 2018 ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl Kicks Off
ITE Journal February 2018 - Technical Programs Division Spotlight
ITE Journal February 2018 - Member to Member: Gary F. Duncan
ITE Journal February 2018 - 25
ITE Journal February 2018 - Member to Member: Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP
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ITE Journal February 2018 - Industry News
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ITE Journal February 2018 - Breaking Barriers to Bike Share: Lessons on Bike Share Equity
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ITE Journal February 2018 - The Value of Vanpooling as a Strategic, Cost-effective, and Sustainable Transportation Option
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ITE Journal February 2018 - Delivering Impactful Projects Quickly and Effectively
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ITE Journal February 2018 - Trip and Parking Generation for Shopping Centers in Jordan
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ITE Journal February 2018 - Professional Services Directory
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