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Transportation Autonomous Device

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Department of Transportation
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
International Electronic Machines
850 River St. Troy, NY 12180-1239
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Transportation Autonomous Device
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRT57-12-C-10015
Award Amount: $699,982.00


Job related injuries cost the railroads over $1 billion annually and from 2005 through 2008 30.3% of those injuries occurred in the rail yard. A majority of the accidents were attributed to slips, trips and falls from the worker slipping on ballast or tripping on other trackside objects. IEM is developing a Transportation Autonomous Device that may be configured to work autonomously, with a remote user, or under direct control of a yard worker to perform tasks throughout the yard. The sorts of tasks TAD can serve include: provide “service mule” capability by transporting needed materials to workers in the yard; assist in visual inspection of cars by traversing the length of a train and transmitting visual information to a remote operator; perform certain repetitive tasks to free time for human workers to concentrate on other tasks; and perform dangerous tasks. During Phase I, IEM reviewed possible applications for TAD; worked closely with a Class I railroad in developing specifications; and developed and demonstrated a prototype of TAD. During Phase II, IEM will identify a specific set of tasks for TAD, will develop a second generation prototype, and will demonstrate this device operating in a Class I rail yard.

Principal Investigator:

Zack Mian
(518) 268-1636

Business Contact:

Robert Foss
Manager of Research & Development
(518) 268-1636
Small Business Information at Submission:

International Electronic Machines Corporation
850 River Street Troy, NY 12180-1239

EIN/Tax ID: 222865038
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No