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


About Highway Transportation

FHWA EAR Program Investments in Sensor Systems

Interest in Passive Wireless Sensors for Highways

Highway Transportation

Highway Infrastructure


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