Low Powered Wide-Area Network Setup for Asset Tracking of Non-Powered Temporary Construction Equipment

As communication and power systems continue to improve, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are being implemented into smart cities and smart infrastructure designs. IoT sensor devices allow a small amount of data to be communicated in a power-efficient manner to a central server to report location, movement, temperature, and a number of other different environmental attributes. With improvements to device connectivity and the availability of long-lasting batteries, non-powered temporary construction equipment can now be cost effectively tracked and inventoried. For this study, a Long Range (LoRa) sensor is connected through a Low Powered Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) IoT network to test the feasibility of tracking temporary construction equipment, specifically Jersey barriers. The signal strength relative to distance is analyzed along with a proposed sensor network deployment topology implementing field hardened sensor housing recommendations. The results show that a commercially available LoRa sensor, on an LPWAN can track temporary construction equipment up to 4,300 feet along a relatively straight arterial corridor. From the study, it was determined that it is feasible to deploy a LoRa network to track non-powered temporary construction equipment. The study also demonstrated that a cost-effective Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) housing could be used that remained intact after 300 cycles of freeze and thaw.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 10p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01763453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-02871
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 10:59AM