Transportation Autonomous Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-10-C-10033
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-10-C-10033
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 101FR4
Solicitation Number: DTRT5710RSBIR1
Small Business Information
DUNS: 188282131
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zack Mian
 (518) 268-1636
Business Contact
 Robert Foss
Title: Manager of R&D
Phone: (518) 268-1636
Research Institution


Railroad yards are in constant movement with potentially thousands of train cars moving over miles of track compressed into a limited area.  The harsh environment presents many safety hazards for railroad workers who must move through this environment and perform assigned tasks.  Job related injuries cost he railroads over $1 billion annually and from 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 a leader in the development of safety equipment for use in railroad inspection activities, proposes 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.

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