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Cost Effective, Power Efficient, Wireless Sensor Network Based Highway Incident Detection & Warning System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-09-C-10034
Agency Tracking Number: 07-061
Amount: $700,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 07FH4
Solicitation Number: DTRT5707RSBIR
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-06-23
Small Business Information
2912 Syene Rd.
Madison, WI 53713
United States
DUNS: 128029977
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ahtasham Ashraf
 Systems Engineer
 (608) 237-1780
 aashraf@centralsig.com
Business Contact
 David Baldwin
Title: Managing Member
Phone: (608) 237-1780
Email: dbaldwin@centralsig.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

<p>More than 52% of U.S. urban highway congestion is a direct result of highway incidents.&nbsp; Federal and State transportation authorities are searching for quick, cost-effective and efficient highway incident detection and warning systems.&nbsp; Several solutions have been proposed but none could satisfy requirements of transportation authorities.&nbsp; Central Signal's research and development, grounded in more than 25 years of transportation industry experience and funded by federal agencies, has produced a successful prototype incident detection system.&nbsp; USDOT SBIR Phase I funded efforts have verified that wireless magnetoresistive sensors are most suitable for this application.&nbsp; The prototype system detects and responds to incidents within 5 seconds.&nbsp; Conventional systems detection and response times are on the order of 5 minutes.&nbsp; This significant improvement in incident detection - system response will reduce the number of highway incident secondary crashes.&nbsp; The proposed research will produce a modular highway incident detection and warning system utilizing magnetic vehicle sensors, wireless communications, and sensor dedicated power systems.&nbsp; Effectiveness of the system will be evaluated by productive simulation tools.&nbsp; Field testing the system will demonstrate its operation, effectiveness and potential for commercial success.</p>

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