Wireless Communications with Passengers in Subterranean Environment

Communications in subterranean environments represent a severe challenge for transit agencies around the globe. This project supports the efforts of Drakontas LLC, the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO), and Drexel University to develop and deploy a wireless communications system for passengers in subterranean environments. Passengers stuck on trains in transit tunnels face uncertain issues when attempting to evacuate during emergency situations. The primary objective of this project is to evaluate various wireless technologies to assess their support of establishing real-time data communications among a transit agency's control center, a train operator, and train passengers, such that passengers receive timely and accurate information during transit events. The research will identify and evaluate potential solutions to improve wireless data communications in subterranean locations, leveraging previous work conducted by the team in this area, as well as knowledge of other best practices in transportation systems worldwide. The project will also demonstrate working prototypes of an enhanced passenger communications system guided by the results of the evaluation.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: National Research Program, National Research, Intelligent Transportation Systems


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project PA-26- 7009

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Williams, Terrell

  • Performing Organizations:

    Drakontas LLC

    115 East Glenside Avenue, Suite 1
    Glenside, PA  USA  19038-4618
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kaplan, Alan

  • Start Date: 20090401
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100601
  • Source Data: RiP Project 22511

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01488637
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: Project PA-26- 7009
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2013 2:15AM