For contractors working on construction infrastructure projects in cities, the use of intelligent-transportation systems is on the rise. Sensors embedded in infrastructure can help collect and process information to better monitor and manage transportation systems on an ongoing basis.

A recent report specifically suggests the penetration of on-board computer units with GPS and wireless communication in buses and trams will increase. The report—from Global Information,—says the use of tech in buses and trams will increase from 40% in 2011 to 56.1% in 2016.

Also, as a whole, ITS (intelligent-transportation systems) are expected to grow at an annual rate of 15%, reaching $1.9 billion by 2016 in Europe alone. For contractors working on infrastructure projects, this means more technology will be embedded in construction projects in the future.

ITS will likely also see a bit of growth in the United States as well. In July, President Barack Obama passed into law MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), which provides funds for states to develop and implement an asset-management plan and grants to accelerate the use of ITS.

Stepping beyond the developments in the public sector, the private commercial vehicle telematics market is also set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.09% from 2011 until 2015, according to Global Information.

For construction companies, asset-management technology and telematics allows for tracking of construction equipment, which means business owners can increase uptime of equipment and improve efficiencies of the workforce.