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Central Signal LLC awarded USDOT Phase II grant for incident warning system

Central Signal LLC – a company based in Madison, Wisconsin – has been awarded a US$700,000 SBIR Phase II grant entitled ‘Cost Effective, Power Efficient, Wireless Sensor Network Based Highway Incident Detection & Warning System’, from the USDOT. Formed in 2002, the company has previously been associated with conventional railroad signaling systems, but now is actively involved in research and development of intelligent transportation solutions, evaluating novel applications of new technologies to the design of vital transportation systems in conformance with federal and state standards and regulations.

The Wisconsin interstate highways provide an essential corridor between the major metropolitan areas of Minneapolis/St Paul, Milwaukee and Chicago. The significant traffic volumes at interstate speeds frequently lead to incidents that result in injuries and loss of life. These are often attributable to failure of driver judgment, many times aggravated by weather conditions that may rapidly reduce the safe operating speed of the roadway and dramatically increase the likelihood of accidents. Small events quickly become major incidents as drivers approaching the event are unaware of the problem ahead. A cost-effective, easily deployable system that can deliver a timely and meaningful warning to drivers that they are approaching an incident will save lives and reduce human suffering and economic losses.

It is hoped that the funded research will result in an innovative, cost-effective and reliable solution, which will enable the transportation authorities to install quick highway incident detection and warning systems, saving human lives, reducing injuries and eliminating billions of dollars worth of time and fuel lost in traffic congestion. The resulting technology will improve and enhance design solutions now available to transportation engineers in every area of transportation industry.

“Such a system will increase highway safety, save lives, reduce injuries and conserve wasted resources, which will not only benefit the State of Wisconsin, but the rest of the nation,” says Governor Jim Doyle.

The company initially received a Phase I grant in November 2007.

 

November 12, 2009

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