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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-09-0031
Project Name:   Wavetronix Higher Performance Traffic Detector (091-FH3-011)
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  August 27, 2009
End Date:  August 27, 2010
Contact Information
Last Name:  Gibson
First Name:  David P
Telephone:  202-493-3271
E-mail:  david.gibson@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Enabling Technologies Team [HRDO-10]
Program:   Small Business Innovation Program (SBIR) (2% of Adjusted CA)
Project detail
Project Description:   Radar traffic sensors for detection of motorcycles and trucks are not sufficiently accurate. This project will improve the count, speed, and classification accuracy of SmartSensor HDTM by using Wavetronix's recently developed multibeam technology. This project only provides classification by length and not by signature. This Small Business Innovative Research will result in a nonintrusive detector that will have speed accuracy of roughly¬†two miles per hour and vehicle length measurement within¬†three feet. This improved detector will serve travel surveys and traffic control systems.
Goals:   The objective is to achieve improved detection of vehicle length with existing radar frequencies and power.
Partners:   U.S. Department of Transportation: Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA); Role(s): Other stakeholder
Project Findings:   This is possible with enhanced antennas and digital signal processing.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Radar Detectors
Vehicle Classification
Vehicle Detectors
Traffic Control
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Subject Areas:   Operations and Traffic Management


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