Fixed Anti-Icing Spray Technology (Fast) in the 21st Century

Fixed Anti-icing Spray Technology (FAST) was introduced in the 1990s. The major driver for this technology was the development and implementation of liquid de-icing and anti-icing chemicals used for winter road maintenance. Early FAST systems were relatively simple in design, but operational enough to prove that they could prevent accidents if used properly. Most, if not all early systems, required human intervention either by push button, phone or radio to activate. The use of data from Environmental Sensing Stations (ESS) was integrated in to the control algorithms and proved to be a huge advancement and allowed for semi- autonomous FAST. However the embedded pavement sensors did not prove reliable enough to allow widespread confidence in the systems. The latest development that has finally delivered the fully automated and, most importantly, reliable FAST trigger is the use of non- intrusive road sensors. FAST system, even in their limited use as an intelligent transportation systems (ITS) tool, has proven to be a extremely effective way to reduce crash rates in where used. This paper will highlight the benefits FAST systems, when used with the latest activation technology, can be a important ITS tool.

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    • Abstract used with permission of ITS Japan. Paper No. 1006.
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    ITS Japan

    Tokyo,   Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Bridge, Paul
    • Lupton, Wayne
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  • Publication Date: 2013


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 6p
  • Monograph Title: 20th ITS World Congress, Tokyo 2013. Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01538793
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9784990493981
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2014 5:54PM