Transportation Autonomous Device

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DTRT57-10-C-10033
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-10-C-10033
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
10.1-FR4
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
International Electronic Machines Corp.
RIVER ST, TROY, NY, 12180
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
188282131
Principal Investigator:
Zack Mian
President
(518) 268-1636
rfoss@iem.net
Business Contact:
Robert Foss
Manager of R&D
(518) 268-1636
rfoss@iem.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract

 

Railroad yards are in constant movement with potentially thousands of train cars moving over miles of track compressed into a limited area.  The harsh environment presents many safety hazards for railroad workers who must move through this environment and perform assigned tasks.  Job related injuries cost he railroads over $1 billion annually and from 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 a leader in the development of safety equipment for use in railroad inspection activities, proposes 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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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