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Passive Wireless Sensor Technology Workshop Sensors For The Highway Transportation System Today And In The Future

Outline

About Highway Transportation
 

FHWA EAR Program Investments in Sensor Systems
 

Interest in Passive Wireless Sensors for Highways

Highway Transportation

Highway Infrastructure
 

Interconnected
 

Open access
 

Legacy elements
 

Highway System Management
 

Multiple owners
 

Public & private responsibilities
 

Inspection routines
 

Maintenance routines

FHWA EAR Program

Focus on high-risk, high payoff research
 

Merit review is used to enhance the quality of research processes and results
 

Research stakeholders are involved throughout
 

Commitment to successful project handoff

Focus Areas

  • Breakthrough concepts in material science
  • Technology for assessing performance
  • Human behavior and travel choices
  • Connected highway system concepts
  • New technology and advanced policies for energy and resource conservation

Program Status

  • 200+ Initial stage investigations
  • Seven solicitations resulting in
  • 75 projects awarded; 36 ongoing
  • $72M federal, $26M match
  • 8th closed April 2014
  • Topics: Structures NDE, Safety data, Freight data, Freight modeling
  • 9th planned, not scheduled

Funded Research

  • Very Low, Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Systems
  • Steel structures
  • Bridge bearings
  • Pavements
  • Water runoff quality

Future Systems

  • From Asset Management to Resilient Systems
  • Construction, system management
  • Structures, pavements, geotechnical, hydrological, environment elements

Future Systems

  • Highway Safety & Operations
  • Safety hardware
  • Geolocation
  • Infrastructure-vehicle communications

Thank You

David Kuehn
Program Manager
202-493-3414
david.kuehn@dot.gov