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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-09-0040
Project Name:   Quick Incident Detection and Warning
Project Status:   Active
Start Date:  September 1, 2009
End Date:  September 30, 2013
Contact Information
Last Name:  Huang
First Name:  Peter
Telephone:  202-493-3484
E-mail:  peter.huang@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Ops Concepts and Analysis Team [HRDO-20]
Program:   Small Business Innovation Program (SBIR) (2% of Adjusted CA)
Laboratory:   Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory
Project detail
Project Description:   This is a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project that will develop a quick incident detection and warning system. The system will be able to detect and locate a highway system in a matter of a few seconds, and issue warnings through roadside light-emitting diode flashers. The major tasks of the project include developing a new type of low-cost, low energy consumption sensor that can be massively deployed along the roadside; developing a wireless communication network that can provide communication between sensors, warning lights, and a central computer; developing software/firmware for incident detection and location, and for issuing warnings; integrating the system and conducting field tests on highways; and commercializing and marketing the product.
Goals:   The objective is to develop a quick incident detection and warning system.
Field Test:   A field test will be conducted.
Product Type:   Draft standard, specifications, or guidelines
Research report
Test Methodology:   Field test
Deliverables: Name: A prototype system and final report.
Product Type(s): Research report, Software, Hardware, Techbrief, Draft standard, specifications, or guidelines
Description: A functional prototype system with a manual and final report.
FHWA Topics:   Road Operations and Congestion--Emergency Response
TRT Terms:   Incident Detection
Traffic Incidents
Incident Management
Light Emitting Diodes
Highway Traffic Control
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Subject Areas:   Operations and Traffic Management
Safety and Human Factors


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