Intelligent Dimension Evaluation and Alerting System (IDEAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-12-C-10062
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-12-C-10062
Amount: $999,638.18
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 111FH3
Solicitation Number: DTRT5711RSBIR1
Small Business Information
850 River Street, Troy, NY, 12180-1239
DUNS: 188282131
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Zahid Mian
 (518) 268-1636
Business Contact
 Robert Foss
Title: Manager of Research & Development
Phone: (518) 268-1636
Research Institution
Low or narrow bridges are often hit by legal-sized commercial vehicles and oversize vehicles often strike regulation bridges. In both cases the accidents result in extensive property damage, possible personal injuries and even death, and increased traffic congestion. Past attempts to warn drivers of risks for bridge hits have failed due to inaccurate measurement, high rates of false alarms, or simply because drivers fail to observe warnings. During Phase I, International Electronic Machines Corporation investigated the feasibility of developing a new, highly accurate, high resolution sensor system capable of measuring height, length, and width of commercial vehicles traveling at speeds up to 80 mph; intelligently evaluating the likelihood of a bridge hit; and notifying drivers and law enforcement using emerging wireless communications. Phase I work indicated that this Intelligent Dimension Evaluation and Alert System are technically feasible. During Phase II, IEM will advance IDEAS development by building and testing two alternative-technology test systems; select a preferred approach; and then build, test, and demonstrate a full scale prototype at a commercial vehicle screening site on an Interstate highway.

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