Communicating Towed unit (Trailer) Vehicle Identification Number(s) (VIN) to the Powered Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-12-C-10033
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-12-C-10033
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 121FM1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5712RSBIR1
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Zhao
 Program Manager
 (301) 294-5232
 xzhao@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contract and Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Usually the lifetime of a trailer is much longer than tractors; tractors must work with a variety types and ages of trailers over the course of their use. In many scenarios (e.g., roadside, border crossing, smart parking, connected vehicle initiative, etc.), it is necessary to identify trailer(s)' VIN(s) and know their order attached to the powered unit. An automated trailer VIN identification and sequencing system is proposed here, with the capability of identifying trailers' VINs and sorting their order. Our system is extremely low-cost and easily deployable in large scale. The proposed system will be field tested in real tractor and trailers scenarios in Phase I. In Phase II, the system will be tested in more completed scenarios and trailer configurations.

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