A Wireless Sensor Network with Accurate Time Synchronization and Wide Area Coverage for Traffic Signal Timing Analysis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DTRT57-11-C-10045
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-11-C10045
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
10.1-FH2
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
161911532
Principal Investigator:
George Zhao
Program Manager
(301) 294-5232
xzhao@i-a-i.com
Business Contact:
Mark James
Director, Contracts and Proposals
(301) 294-5221
mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Improved traffic signal timing and traffic incident response are two of the most cost-effective ways of reducing urban arterial network congestion. System-wide analysis of its cause is required to mitigate congestion or excessive traffic delay. Network wide, synchronized and real-time traffic flow data, and Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT) data are indispensable for effectively adjusting traffic signal timing and coordination in the traffic network. Signal timing adjustment at individual intersections alone without coordination with other intersections may cause unanticipated consequences at other locations. We propose to develop and test an automated, real-time traffic data collection, visualization and management tool. The tool is built on a state-of-the-art wireless communication and sensor network, and collect wide-area, synchronized, and time-stamped traffic detector and signal phase/status data. Real-time traffic movement visualization software will also be developed and validated, and the overall data will be saved to a versatile database for post processing and management. With proper data aggregation and format conversion to Universal Traffic Data Format (UTDF), the collected traffic data can be fed automatically to a 3rd party software tool such as Synchro for signal timing analysis and optimization.

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