Intelligent Camera Aided Railway Emergency System (i-CARES)

Description: Trespass casualties represent roughly 70% of accidents on railroad right-of-way (ROW) in North America. Ironically, more than 60% of collisions occur at crossings with automatic warning systems, and 34.7% occur at crossings that have flashing lights and gates. This is in part because there are several shortcomings with the existing grade crossing warning system, including that the flashing and gate arm only indicate an approaching train without information about its estimated arrival time. To improve safety at crossings, the research team will develop the first-ever Intelligent Camera-Aided Railway Emergency System (i-CARES). I-CARES will make use of image-based monitoring and surveillance, quantitative situational awareness assessment, and direct “two-way” communication and information sharing. I-CARES will offer automatic fault detection and notification for CBM, as well as imagery evidence for trespassing violations (similar to the Electronic Police Reports Online (ePRO) system). Intellectual Merit: This project will develop a first-of-its-kind, low-cost, field-deployable system to improve multi-modal safety at railroad grade crossings. Broader Impacts: I-CARES will benefit all travelers, including pedestrians, vehicles, and trains. It will save lives and avoid property damage in an efficient and economical way. Technology Transfer Plan: The outcomes from this project will be able to be used to develop prototype devices that can be installed at railroad crossings in the near future.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $82276
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747117

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility

      Clemson University
      Clemson, SC  United States  29634

      University of South Carolina, Columbia

      502 Byrnes Building
      Columbia, SC  United States  29208
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of South Carolina, Columbia

      502 Byrnes Building
      Columbia, SC  United States  29208
    • Project Managers:

      Qian, Yu

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of South Carolina, Columbia

      502 Byrnes Building
      Columbia, SC  United States  29208
    • Principal Investigators:

      Qian, Yu

      Rizos, Dimitris

    • Start Date: 20181201
    • Expected Completion Date: 20191231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01690759
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747117
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 11 2019 4:20PM