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Coordinated traffic incident management using the I-Net embedded sensor architecture
Author(s): Martin J. Dudziak
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Paper Abstract

The I-Net intelligent embedded sensor architecture enables the reconfigurable construction of wide-area remote sensing and data collection networks employing diverse processing and data acquisition modules communicating over thin- server/thin-client protocols. Adaptive initially for operation using mobile remotely-piloted vehicle platforms such as small helicopter robots such as the Hornet and Ascend-I, the I-Net architecture lends itself to a critical problem in the management of both spontaneous and planned traffic congestion and rerouting over major interstate thoroughfares such as the I-95 Corridor. Pre-programmed flight plans and ad hoc operator-assisted navigation of the lightweight helicopter, using an auto-pilot and gyroscopic stabilization augmentation units, allows daytime or nighttime over-the-horizon flights of the unit to collect and transmit real-time video imagery that may be stored or transmitted to other locations. With on-board GPS and ground-based pattern recognition capabilities to augment the standard video collection process, this approach enables traffic management and emergency response teams to plan and assist real-time in the adjustment of traffic flows in high- density or congested areas or during dangerous road conditions such as during ice, snow, and hurricane storms. The I-Net architecture allows for integration of land-based and roadside sensors within a comprehensive automated traffic management system with communications to and form an airborne or other platform to devices in the network other than human-operated desktop computers, thereby allowing more rapid assimilation and response for critical data. Experiments have been conducted using several modified platforms and standard video and still photographic equipment. Current research and development is focused upon modification of the modular instrumentation units in order to accommodate faster loading and reloading of equipment onto the RPV, extension of the I-Net architecture to enable RPV-to-RPV signaling and control, and refinement of safety and emergency mechanisms to handle RPV mechanical failure during flight.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 January 1999
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3525, Mobile Robots XIII and Intelligent Transportation Systems, (8 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.335719
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Martin J. Dudziak, Silicon Dominion Computing, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3525:
Mobile Robots XIII and Intelligent Transportation Systems
Howie M. Choset; Pushkin Kachroo; Mikhail A. Kourjanski; Douglas W. Gage; Pushkin Kachroo; Marten J. de Vries; Mikhail A. Kourjanski; Marten J. de Vries, Editor(s)

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