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Innovative Solutions to Effectively Enforce Anto-texting Rules on Commercial…

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Department of Transportation
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2012 / SBIR
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Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 400 Rockville, MD 20855-2737
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Innovative Solutions to Effectively Enforce Anto-texting Rules on Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) Drivers
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRT57-12-C-10035
Award Amount: $150,000.00


Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) proposes an innovative anti-texting system which does not prevent the use of any cell phone but can detect and record the texting and driving behavior for enforcement instead. This proposal lays out a concrete plan to develop a robust and cost effective system that can detect, identify and record the instances when a driver is texting (or voice calling without hands free device). We call this system Robust Anti-texting Law Enforcement System (RATLES). Since there is no single silver bullet for this problem we are formulating a fusion based approach that combines three key measurements: Detect, classify, and locate cell phone use; vision based approach and driving style. We will determine the most robust combination of all or a subset of these technologies for text detection, and demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating these modalities in a single, compact, and low-cost device. The output for these three detection modules will be used to produce a probability metric associated with a texting event. Once this metric crosses a threshold the camera (which is constantly recording and buffering data) system will be asked to store a portion of that data for later use.

Principal Investigator:

Devendra Tolani
Lead Scientist
(301) 294-4630

Business Contact:

Mark James
Director, Contracts and Proposals
(301) 294-5221
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Automation Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive suite 400 Rockville, MD -

EIN/Tax ID: 521497192
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No