Evaluation of Video Detection Systems, Volume 3 - Effects of Windy Conditions in the Performance of Video Detection Systems

The performance of three Video Detection Systems (VDS), namely Autoscope, Iteris, and Peek, was evaluated at stop bar and advance locations, at an instrumented signalized intersection located in Rantoul, Illinois, utilizing a side-by-side installation and large data sets covering a variety of conditions. This report contains the analysis and findings of the VDS performance under windy conditions during cloudy noon, sunny morning, and nighttime. There are three other reports that describe the effects of adverse weather, illumination, and adjusting the configuration of the VDS zones. The performance of the VDS in windy conditions was assessed based on the frequency of false, missed, stuck-on, and dropped calls (errors in detection); and was compared to calm weather scenarios (without wind). Results indicate minor wind effects during cloudy conditions at the stop bar zones, and less than 10% increases in the false calls at advance zones. In the sunny morning scenario (where long shadows were observed) false calls increased significantly at both stop bar (22-39%) and advance zones (20- 70%), missed calls increased at advance zones for one VDS, while they decreased for the other two VDS, and stuck-on calls increased by less than 2% due to the shadow of the crossing street pole. At nighttime, false calls increased at stop bar zones (5-53%), and at advance zones (2-27%), and there were small fluctuations in the percentage of missed calls.

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    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    205 North Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801-2352

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    Bureau of Materials and Physical Research
    126 East Ash Street
    Springfield, IL  United States  62704-4766

    Federal Highway Administration

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    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Medina, Juan C
    • Benekohal, Rahim F
    • Chitturi, Madhav
  • Publication Date: 2009-5


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  • Accession Number: 01142038
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-ICT-09-047, ICT-09-047, UILU-ENG-2009-2018
  • Contract Numbers: ICT- R43
  • Created Date: Oct 9 2009 11:49AM