Real-Time Traffic Information for Emergency Evacuation Operations: Phase A Final Report

The main objective of this project is to improve the operations during a vehicular emergency evacuation anywhere by using newly developed real-time traffic-information-gathering technologies to assess traffic conditions and therefore to potentially detect incidents on the main evacuation routes. The benefits that this project will help realize relate to the response and recovery functions during an emergency evacuation involving large populations. Information gathering and distribution plays a critical role in the response phase because it is paramount to determine the status of the transportation system to help with the decision process and field operations (e.g., routing emergency vehicles around congested areas). The system developed in this project can collect and provide traffic information in real time for both the system managers (transportation agencies, emergency management agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire and rescue agencies, emergency medical service providers, 911 dispatchers, and towing companies) and the public. The ultimate goal is to create a system which emergency management agencies, and/or other public safety organizations, can rapidly deploy anywhere to help manage traffic operations during emergency evacuations. Phase A of the project consisted of the development and testing of a prototype system composed of sensors that are engineered in such a way that they can be rapidly deployed in the field where and when they are needed.

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    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee  United States  37831

    Mississippi State University, Mississippi State

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Mississippi State, MS  United States  39762-9546
  • Authors:
    • Franzese, Oscar
    • Zhang, Li
    • Mahmoud, Anas M
    • Lascurain, Mary Beth
    • Wen, Yi
  • Publication Date: 2009-12


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 104p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01491411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ORNL/TM-2009/111
  • Contract Numbers: DE-AC05-00OR22725
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 16 2013 10:16AM