Wireless Sensor Networks Monitor Transportation

TransportationWireless sensor networks allow cities, rail systems and logistics operations to cost-effectively gather information and use that field data to develop applications that lead to cost savings and ultimately improved quality of life.

Benefits of wireless sensor networking for transportation applications:

  • Enables new applications by eliminating need for wires
  • Improves safety by automating processes previously managed manually
  • Reduces costs associated with maintenance with greater reliability and extended battery life
  • Minimizes deployment time and costs with easy installation and no cabling

Smart Parking

Reliable, easy to deploy, and built with the priorities of cities and citizens in mind, Streetline Networks is leading the way in the development of intelligent infrastructure solutions for urban areas. The Streetline solution is a complete information system designed specifically for applications in urban resource management. The platform integrates ultra low power sensing with Web-based solutions that optimize the use of city assets, in this case parking spaces.  Read the case study.

At the heart of the solution is the SmartMesh-enabled ultra low power vehicle sensor. These pavement sensors work by detecting a disturbance in the magnetic field from a vehicle parked in a space. Data hops from sensor to sensor until it makes its way to a gateway, a small box sitting on top of a streetlamp or a traffic-signaling box.

Leading the revolution in relieving congestion on city streets, solutions like Streetline's will have a cascade of positive effects on transportation the economy and the environment.

Airport Fuel Tank Farms

Fuel costs represent up to 30 percent of airline operating expenses. Also, any problems in fueling operations can lead to flight delays and cost overruns. This makes effective management and efficient distribution of fuel supplies at large airports an industry priority. TDG Technologies’ SmartHAWK Wireless Monitoring Solution is helping airport facility teams to proactively maintain critical fueling systems well within normal operating specifications to avoid mechanical sparking and fuel ignition, and to maintain fuel quality. SmartHAWK Wireless Sensors measure pump vibration and temperature to help airport operation teams to avoid pump failures and pump fires.

SmartHAWK sensors integrate Analog Devices’ SmartMesh IP embedded mesh products to wirelessly communicate in hazardous environments. Furthermore, SmartHAWK systems help increase efficiency and lower operating costs by enabling a more data-driven decision-making process. Read the case study.

Rail Car Monitoring:

Wireless Sensor Networks are used in a variety of transportation applications today—for example freight car monitoring--to capture real-time data, provide analysis and alert locomotive crews when a failure is detected. Data collection includes wheel bearing temperature trends, manifest verification, car drop-off location and time, and freight condition. Notification occurs when a failure is detected, weight, vibration or speed is exceeded, or a car has been tampered with. These WAN deployments are expected to save millions of dollars in transportation costs annually.