Transportation Autonomous Device

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$699,982.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DTRT57-12-C-10015
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-12-C-10015
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
10.1-FR4
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
International Electronic Machines Corporation
850 River Street, Troy, NY, 12180-1239
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
188282131
Principal Investigator:
Zack Mian
President
(518) 268-1636
zmian@iem.net
Business Contact:
Robert Foss
Manager of Research & Development
(518) 268-1636
rfoss@iem.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Job related injuries cost the railroads over $1 billion annually and from 2005 through 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 developing 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. During Phase I, IEM reviewed possible applications for TAD; worked closely with a Class I railroad in developing specifications; and developed and demonstrated a prototype of TAD. During Phase II, IEM will identify a specific set of tasks for TAD, will develop a second generation prototype, and will demonstrate this device operating in a Class I rail yard.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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