Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Demonstrating Rapid and Cost-Effective Deployment of Wireless Networks for Real-Time Traffic Data Acquisition

26.07.2001


The Problem

Considerable progress has been made in basic research and software development for modeling traffic flow. However, user-friendly and affordable services which could prevent a car driver from getting stuck in a traffic jam are not yet as effective as they could be.
Dynamic guidance covering the major highways has already been implemented in many European countries. On secondary roads, and especially across major urban areas, car driving during the rush-hour often looks more like blind-flying. At present, navigation with dynamic guidance is not available with an acceptable quality-of-service beyond the highway exits.
The reason: In Europe’s densely populated areas, real-time traffic data is not yet available with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution. The urban network topology is highly complex, thus requiring an enormous number of observation points. Cost estimates based on today‘s sensor and communication technology, do not justify to invest in full coverage for traffic data acquisition.

The Wireless Solution to be demonstrated


Drawing upon sound experience with wide-area data collection (early-warning systems for radioactivity), a new wireless networking technology for real-time traffic data acquisition has been proposed. This approach leads to really compact traffic sensors - hence called autonomous probes.
As these probes can operate for five years with their first set of batteries, there would be practically no service requirement. Due to their small size, these sensors can be fixed anywhere on existing infrastructure (traffic signs, street illumination). The sensor employs optical techniques to evaluate the local traffic condition. Short packages of relevant parameters are transmitted to a base station receiver. The radio link connects up to 60 km in one single hop.


The "Travelling" Pilot Project

We intend to provide temporary installations (3 months) of a fixed network for real-time traffic data acquisition in different regions successively. During the demonstration, typically 100 traffic sensors could be installed in a radius of 60 km around the base station receiver (Note: the base station’s capacity is rated for connecting up to 1000 traffic sensors).
The technical part of the installation of a base station receiver will be accomplished in one single day, the installation of a sensor will require half an hour maximum per site - these estimates exclude any formal requirements (bureaucracy).

Potential Locations

The first installation, envisioned to start end of the year 2002, will be set up in the Rhein/Main region. Sensors will be deployed all over the area, including the cities of Frankfurt, Offenbach, Hanau, Darmstadt, Mainz, Wiesbaden, etc.
Afterwards, we intend to continue with the pilot project in Berlin, Paris, London, Los Angeles (USA), Moscow (CIS) and eventually other cities depending on the encouragement and "open doors" by the respective local authorities.

Partners invited

Our part of the pilot project will be limited to provide the traffic-related raw-data stream in real-time, i.e. we take responsibility from the roll-out of the hardware (sensors and base station) to the administration of the data base server (ODBC). Consequently, we hope to attract partners of the following type:

  • European federal or local authorities, public or private institutions, PPPs etc. with active involvement in regional or urban traffic management
  • R&D institutions, software or consulting firms in order to showcase their products for real-time traffic modeling, traffic control, visualisation (GIS) etc.
  • Service providers or content providers who intend to test the acceptance of their telematics-related services
  • Systems integrators in the wireless or IT business, in order to get first-hand experience with a novel wide-area data acquisition technology

Please contact us immediately, in order to prepare for the current subject: IST, Information Society Technologies, Research, Technology Development and Demonstration under the Fifth Framework Program, Calls for Proposals, 7th Round

_______________________________________________________________


Contact: Volker Genrich (CEO)
Company: Genitron Instruments GmbH
Address: Heerstraße 149,
D-60488 Frankfurt am Main
Phone/fax: +49-69/976 514-0, +49-69-765 327
e-mail: Homepage: www.genitron.de and
www.red-systems.com


| Genitron Instruments

More articles from Transportation and Logistics:

nachricht Tool helps cities to plan electric bus routes, and calculate the benefits
09.01.2017 | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

nachricht Realistic training for extreme flight conditions
28.12.2016 | Technical University of Munich (TUM)

All articles from Transportation and Logistics >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Giant Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.

The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.

Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...

Im Focus: Tracing down linear ubiquitination

Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.

Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...

Im Focus: Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance

Layered 2D material improves efficiency for solar cells and LEDs

In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...

Im Focus: Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets as alternative to graphene: A perfect team for nanoelectronics

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...

Im Focus: Researchers Imitate Molecular Crowding in Cells

Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to simulate these confined natural conditions in artificial vesicles for the first time. As reported in the academic journal Small, the results are offering better insight into the development of nanoreactors and artificial organelles.

Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

International Land Use Symposium ILUS 2017: Call for Abstracts and Registration open

20.03.2017 | Event News

CONNECT 2017: International congress on connective tissue

14.03.2017 | Event News

ICTM Conference: Turbine Construction between Big Data and Additive Manufacturing

07.03.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Northern oceans pumped CO2 into the atmosphere

27.03.2017 | Earth Sciences

Fingerprint' technique spots frog populations at risk from pollution

27.03.2017 | Life Sciences

Big data approach to predict protein structure

27.03.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>