Low Ground Clearance Vehicle Detection and Warning System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-13-C-10036
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-13-C-10036
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: 131FR1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5713RSBIR1
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Devendra Tolani
 Lead Scientist/Program Manager
 (301) 294-4630
 dtolani@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts & Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The problem of low ground clearance vehicles being stuck at tracks of highway-rail grade crossings (HRGC) poses a severe safety risk. Vehicles with long wheelbases and low ground clearance are more likely to be stuck on high-profile HRGCs. Currently there is no commercially available automated system that detects and computes the necessary critical dimensions of low ground clearance vehicles (LGCVs) and provides advanced warning to suspect vehicles to take a detour before reaching HRGCs. Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI), teaming with Sabra, Wang & Associates, Inc. and Digi International, proposes an innovative LGCV detection and warning system that is inexpensive, standalone, lane specific, and vehicle specific. To achieve this requirement, we start by detecting and prescreening vehicles with longer wheelbases, which could “potentially” be stranded at high-profile HRGCs using a pair of inductive loops or magnetometers. Once a long wheelbase vehicle is identified, a millimeter wave imaging radar downstream will be triggered to capture a high resolution profile of the vehicle and calculate the lowest clearance to the pavement. The proposed system will also have the ability to identify potential rigid elements of a LGCV’s underbody. It supports roadside and onboard warning systems.

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