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PDA-Based Portable Data Collection System for Commercial Vehicle Inspection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRS5704C10045
Agency Tracking Number: DTRS57-04-C-10045
Amount: $83,800.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 02-FM1
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2002
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-09-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-02-28
Small Business Information
60 Fourth Ave.
Albany, NY 12202-
United States
DUNS: 188282131
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Zack Mian
 (518) 449-5504
Business Contact
 Zack Mian
Phone: (518) 449-5504
Research Institution

More than 1,300,000 Level 1 commercial vehicle inspections - a safety-critical, time-consuming, often difficult and painstaking process, especially as regards the brake inspection component -- are performed every year in the United States, under all sorts of weather and lighting conditions. The current technology used adds to the complexity and error potential inherent in this important task. International Electronic Machines Corp. will develop a PDA-based Portable Data Collection System which will reduce the inspection time by more than 50%, simplify all operations involved, drastically reduce the occurrence of errors, and provide automatic updates form and queries to the ASPEN database. IEM demostrated all these were practical and possible in Phase I; in Phase II, IEM will make the potential an actuality, through the use of one-handed PDA-based data entry, automated, secure wireless uplink and downlink from the PDA to a base station, automated updates and queries to and from ASPEN, a machine - vision based automated brake measurement system, automatic barcode entry of license and other document data, and a completely hands-free voice-activated command and control system for many functions. A ruggedized case and inexpensive accessories make this practical even in poor weather and lighting conditions.

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