Improve System Emergency Response Performance in Houston District Using Connected Vehicle Technology

Emergency response services play a vital role in saving lives and minimizing property damage when major events or incidents happen. The Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies have the potential to improve the efficiency and roadway safety related to emergency management services. Researchers will develop and test DSRC- and BLE-based prototype systems for enhancing emergency preemption and notification, and provide TxDOT with guidelines for implementing DSRC and BLE technologies for supporting emergency response services. In addition, the researchers will: (1) Identify methodologies for improving emergency vehicle signal preemption in a connected environment; (2) Develop and test prototype DSRC-based and BLE-based systems to broadcast Signal Phase and Time (SPaT) messages, Emergency Vehicle Alerts (EVAs), and other notifications to emergency vehicles and other roadway users in the vicinity; (3) Enhance signal preemption performance; (4) Assist TxDOT in implementing the prototype systems at selected Houston field sites; and (5) Identify anticipated cost and benefit of the connected emergency response system. The key products of the project include DSRC and BLE prototype systems that operate with TxDOT's infrastructure and guidelines for implementing the system.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $480124
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    5304 Flanders Drive, Suite A
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70808

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Managing Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Odell, Wade

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhou, Hongmin

  • Start Date: 20190718
  • Expected Completion Date: 20231231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20231231

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01715966
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7004
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2019 6:10PM