Current research at the University of Massachusetts focuses on the usefulness of portable computers for operator-assisted data collection in a variety of traffic analysis, transportation planning, and transit planning activities. The objectives of this project are: 1) to identify and examine existing electronic devices and techniques in use or capable of being used for automated data collection by transportation planning, traffic engineering, and transit agencies; 2) to review the related electronic equipment used in conjunction with the collection device and the functional inter-relationship among these system components--this included the examination of alternative methods to automatically transfer collected data to a larger computer for more extensive processing and analysis; and 3) to match devices with the typical functions of transportation planners and engineers--Epson HX-20 was field tested for automated collection of intersection vehicular turning movements, license plate numbers, vehicle classification/types, and roadside/transit load checks. The inexpensive, commercially available lap-size portable computer--Epson HX 20--was selected for testing because it was the least expensive and included a built-in printer, a cassette tape, and a 20 column by 4-line screen. Although not a fully automated approach, the use of an operator-assisted portable computer as an electronic clipboard represents a simple, affordable alternative for improving the accuracy and timeliness of field data collection while reducing labor requirements and costs. The study reports that there was no major problems encountered in the testing of the Epson HX-20 hardware or in the design and testing of software. This approach represent an effective and affordable alternative for data collection.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    130 Natural Resources Road
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Collure, J
  • Publication Date: 1984-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 79 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00450497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0165-85-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0165
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM