Low-cost Low-power Wireless Sensor Network Based Highway Incident Detection & Warning System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-08-C-10010
Agency Tracking Number: 07-061
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 07-FH4
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-04-05
Small Business Information
2912 Syene Rd., Madison, WI, 53713-
DUNS: 128029977
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
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

More that 52% of the U.S. highway congestion in urban areas is a direct result of highway incidents. Federal and State transportation authorities are searching for quick, low-cost and efficient highway incident detection and warning systems. Several solutions have been proposed but none could meet the requirements of transportation authorities. Central Signal, funded by federal agencies, has done extensive research on Intelligent transportation solutions and is acutely aware of the need. Central Signal's preliminary research to design a low-cost, reliable sensor network based solution relies on more than 25 years of transportation industry experience. The preliminary efforts have verified that magnetoresistive sensors are most suitable for this application. The proposed research will prove the technical and scientific feasibility of this low-cost, reliable incident detections system based on magnetic sensors, spread spectrum radios, and solar power systems. The research will use productive simulation tools to evaluate the effectiveness of this system and demonstrate the system at a test site and will make the case for its large scale production.

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