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Border Information Flow Architecture (BIFA) [website]   [open html - 369B]

"The Federal Highway Administration (Office of Freight Management and Operations) and Transport Canada (ITS Office) are spearheading an effort in partnership with state and provincial DOTs and regional planning organizations to develop a Border Information Flow Architecture (BIFA). The initiative involves numerous stakeholders and is intended to be a framework that depicts the flow of information between government (federal, state and local) agencies and components of the transportation system, as they relate to border processes (e.g., the flow of advanced traveler information from inspection and enforcement agencies to transportation organizations). The objective is to develop an architecture to promote information sharing and coordination among agencies and stakeholders and increase interoperability of technologies used to support their operations. There are a multitude of agencies from numerous jurisdictions (federal, state, provincial) that operate at or on the approach to Canada-U.S. border crossings. The BIFA is intended to aid agencies in planning and implementing interoperable technologies at or on the approach to Canada-U.S. land border crossings. […] The purpose of this web site is to encourage use of the BIFA and gather feedback so that the architecture is used and continues to reflect the intelligent transportation system vision for the international border region. The menu bar at left provides access to the stakeholders, the transportation systems in the Region (the 'Inventory'), the transportation services that will be provided, transportation-related functions that are envisioned, existing and planned interfaces, and other architecture components that apply at or near the border."

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