Field studies in the Netherlands have shown that a new algorithm can accurately monitor and detect freeway traffic incidents. This project addressed the problems associated with, the tedious human task involved in freeway video surveillance as well as potentially inefficient incident detection algorithms that were in place in the United States.
With regard to the high success rate the algorithm has proven to show in the Netherlands, incorporating such a program into Enterprise member jurisdictions may be highly effective. In order to move forward however, statistics on traffic flow disruptions, video coverage capacity and the necessary detection equipment available needed to be determined.
Dutch DOT prepared a review sheet so that Enterprise members can conduct a survey of incident detection conditions in their jurisdiction.
Enterprise members needed to identify the feasibility of implementing such a program within their jurisdictions. Members then recognize the necessary local arrangements before conducting a field trial version at the cost of $50,000 and considered what arrangements ultimately imply and cost. After careful consideration, potential site selection was discussed at an Enterprise meeting.
The goal of the JAAP project was accomplished through three tasks. These tasks include, a survey of incident detection technologies in place, usefulness assessment document and deployment recommendations.
Task 1. Survey Development and Distribution
A survey that identifies the current incident detection technologies, processes and algorithms as well as the perception of effectiveness and existing infrastructure (e.g. detectors, video surveillance and traffic operations center), was developed and distributed to Enterprise members.
Task 2. Usefulness Assessment
A document that assessed which members are likely candidates, based on the existing technology and the amount of additional technology required to support such a system within the member’s jurisdiction.
Task 3. Deployment Recommendation
The last task entailed determining if a field operational test is feasible. If a candidate is found, arrangements with the member for deployment would be made in addition to a recommendation of whether or not a test should take place.
- A completed survey from participating Enterprise members.
- A usefulness report and potential members for deployment.