Real Time Video for Transportation Using Cellular Data Services

As part of contract work for RITA’s ITS JPO Noblis recently completed testing a prototype wireless real-time video system for on-vehicle public transit applications, and to obtain hands on experience with the operational performance of this new generation of wireless data service. This was accomplished through an operational test performed in cooperation with the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) in Baltimore using their Mobility Bus transit vehicle providing a para-transit service to the local community. Mobility service is provided by ride reservation. A problem specific to Mobility bus service is that riders do not show up. Mobility bus riders must call the MTA and arrange for pick-up. They are notified of the pick up time and the bus driver receives a daily route manifest. There are occasions where passengers have claimed they were at the bus pickup location at the appropriate time and the bus never came. Since these buses are used for critical care trips such as traveling to a hospital for kidney dialysis, there may be liability issues when this occurs. Video data with location and time stamp was collected, recorded and transmitted to the bus operations center from on-board cameras while the bus was inservice over a period of several weeks. The resultant real-time video from the bus was either very stable or with minor defects during the test. The test system was assembled using existing commercially available equipment and existing Commercial Mobile Radio Systems (CRMS) cellular data services offered by vendors in the Baltimore area.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01146693
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 2009 8:08AM